Financial feminism A woman's guide to investing for a sustainable future

Jessica Robinson

Book - 2021

"As we face global challenges like climate change and inequality, what if women could use their investments to build a cleaner, fairer and more sustainable world?

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London : Unbound 2021.
Physical Description
xviii, 318 pages ; 20 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-307).
Main Author
Jessica Robinson (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Having worked in the field of sustainable investing for a decade, Robinson has a lot to share with women about finance. Per her research, not much is known about women's views of investing, and all the while women are underrepresented in financial-sector jobs. Robinson's goal with this book is to help readers—especially women—become sustainable investors and to drive change to create a cleaner, more equitable world. She presents a well-researched book, covering topics from crowdfunding and angel investing to pensions and mutual funds. Robinson also talks about the gender investing gap, which shows that women save less for retirement and more in cash than men. Additionally, she offers tips for financial feminism, like the need for women to talk about money so that the topic is not taboo, equality in the workplace in salary and benefits, and using wealth to support other women. She includes interviews with female leaders and industry gurus to create a powerful guide that will appeal to women who are interested in sustainable investing and to anyone who wants to learn more about money management. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

"Money should be a force for good," writes strategic adviser Robinson in her rousing debut. Talking about money is taboo for many women, she notes, even though she cites stats that suggest women are more successful investors than they think. Thus, the author's program for financial feminism entails getting women to be active in the financial world and making decisions for the benefit of society. She breaks down the broad "economic gender gap" into its component parts: inequalities in pay, work achievement, debt, unpaid labor, investing, funding, and pension. Once that foundation is established, she takes readers through the basics of investing with a focus on sustainable, responsible, and impact investing: before taking a stake in a company, one should evaluate its relationship with the environment, social factors (such as labor standards), and governance (which includes "transparency of decisions"), and determine one's own personal objectives. While occasionally repetitive, Robinson's guide is thoughtful, and her call to "be part of the movement" is sure to rally readers. Women looking to do good while doing well will find this a helpful blueprint. (May) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A practical, jargon-busting, step-by-step guide to sustainable investing for women

Review by Publisher Summary 2

As we face global challenges like climate change and inequality, what if women could use their investments to build a cleaner, fairer and more sustainable world? Financial feminism—the belief in the financial equality of women—has been gathering momentum, largely in the context of the gender pay gap: on average a woman earns 80% of what a man does. But there’s another gap—the gender investing gap—which shows women are investing less than men, saving less for retirement, and parking more in cash. When compounded by the gender pay gap, this results in a significant shortfall, but there’s more to financial feminism than simply addressing these gaps: women also care about where their money is invested and the impact it can have. In this practical and accessible guide, sustainable investing expert Jessica Robinson shows how through financial feminism, women can use their financial power to invest in a sustainable future and build the kind of world they want to live in. With jargon-free explanations and real-world examples, she demystifies the financial services industry, breaks down just what sustainable investing is and demonstrates the societal and environmental impact of the investment decisions we make. Arming women with the information they need to get started—and keep going—she hopes that more women will embrace financial feminism, invest to grow their own wealth and, in doing so, use their financial decisions to demand a better world.