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“The best podcast for women” — The Balance | “A must listen podcast for anyone who is ready to change the status quo” — Forbes | The Fairer Cents: Women, Money and the Fight to Break Even. This is a finance and career podcast all about the different economic realities facing women, people of color and other marginalized groups. Hosted by Tanja Hester, author of Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way and creator of the Our Next Life early retirement blog, and Kara Perez, founder of women's financial literacy startup Bravely, The Fairer Cents tackles sticky money and financial issues like the wage and wealth gap, the economics of motherhood, emotional labor, women's ambition and more. We don't shy away from hard conversations, but we do it all with laughter, and always with a focus on what action you can take in your own life. That's why we've been recommended by US News, Forbes, Essence, The Balance, Mic, GoBankingRates and many more. Subscribe now.

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“The best podcast for women” — The Balance | “A must listen podcast for anyone who is ready to change the status quo” — Forbes | The Fairer Cents: Women, Money and the Fight to Break Even. This is a finance and career podcast all about the different economic realities facing women, people of color and other marginalized groups. Hosted by Tanja Hester, author of Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way and creator of the Our Next Life early retirement blog, and Kara Perez, founder of women's financial literacy startup Bravely, The Fairer Cents tackles sticky money and financial issues like the wage and wealth gap, the economics of motherhood, emotional labor, women's ambition and more. We don't shy away from hard conversations, but we do it all with laughter, and always with a focus on what action you can take in your own life. That's why we've been recommended by US News, Forbes, Essence, The Balance, Mic, GoBankingRates and many more. Subscribe now.

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Great podcast!

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Just starting listening and love it!

We’ve been missing this perspective

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Sooo good, wise and insightful! Where has this podcast been all my life?!

iTunes Ratings

304 Ratings
Average Ratings
270
14
4
4
12

Great podcast!

By kris_tara - Dec 29 2019
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Just starting listening and love it!

We’ve been missing this perspective

By Treebyleaf - Oct 21 2019
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Sooo good, wise and insightful! Where has this podcast been all my life?!
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The Fairer Cents

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“The best podcast for women” — The Balance | “A must listen podcast for anyone who is ready to change the status quo” — Forbes | The Fairer Cents: Women, Money and the Fight to Break Even. This is a finance and career podcast all about the different economic realities facing women, people of color and other marginalized groups. Hosted by Tanja Hester, author of Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way and creator of the Our Next Life early retirement blog, and Kara Perez, founder of women's financial literacy startup Bravely, The Fairer Cents tackles sticky money and financial issues like the wage and wealth gap, the economics of motherhood, emotional labor, women's ambition and more. We don't shy away from hard conversations, but we do it all with laughter, and always with a focus on what action you can take in your own life. That's why we've been recommended by US News, Forbes, Essence, The Balance, Mic, GoBankingRates and many more. Subscribe now.

Rank #1: #29 - Actionable Financial Tips from Friends of The Fairer Cents

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Though we usually focus on bigger picture topics like systemic issues within our economy that disproportionately affect women, this week we’re getting tactical, and sharing actionable tips that can improve your finances today, with a little help from some friends of the podcast. Be sure to check out the links here in the shownotes to find all of the awesome financial pros and content creators we heard from and referenced.

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May 01 2019

36mins

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Rank #2: #11 - Money Things Women Aren't Taught

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The Fairer Cents is back for Season 2! (Only 25 seasons to go until the patriarchy is officially smashed.) And we're here to talk about women, money and our fight to break even. Because we give a shit, and so should you. 

To kick things off, we're getting super practical, talking about the money things we wish we'd learned at a younger age, and some of the financial things most women are never taught.

Our guest this week is Kristin Wong, author of the book Get Money, and a long-time contributor to the New York Times, Glamour, and Lifehacker. And she's got lots to offer about why women aren't taught this stuff, and what we can do to learn it and change social norms.

Then we hear from friends of the podcast about some of the things they wish they'd learned earlier, like how to money as a stay-at-home mom, how to negotiate effectively and how not to let limiting beliefs stand between you and your money. 

Oh, and we kinda have a little ranting to do about manifesting, coaching and multilevel marketing. 

Jun 06 2018

57mins

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Rank #3: #21 - What It Means to Be a Strong Woman, with Suze Orman

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It’s 2019, and women are still being judged for jobs on whether we’re likable enough, whether we’re strong enough (but not too strong), and all the same old patriarchal bullshit. That’s why we’re kicking off the new year and the new podcast season with one of the strongest women we know of: personal finance author, TV personality and all-around unapologetic woman Suze Orman.

She’s got a new book out, but we mostly don’t talk about that. Instead, we talk about her origin story, including how she earned the respect of the first boss in finance who hire her – with the intention of sleeping with her, not promoting her – what it means to her to be gay, and her advice for young people coming up in careers today.

Women & Money by Suze Orman, reissued in 2018

Jan 09 2019

47mins

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Rank #4: #4 - Emotional Labor

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On this episode Kara and Tanja dive deep into the concept of "emotional labor," an idea that has recently gotten more attention thanks to a kickass piece in Harper's Bazaar by Gemma Hartley entitled, "Women aren't nags -- we're just fed up." We talk to Gemma and do some of our own exploration of the emotional labor in our own lives, and how it affects us, our relationships, and our money. Come chat emotional labor and how it disproportionately affects women.

Season 1 of The Fairer Cents is sponsored by FreshBooks, the cloud accounting software that's changing the world for freelancers and small business owners everywhere. Go to www.freshbooks.com/tfc and enter "the fairer cents" in the how did you hear about us section to get your free one-month trail of FreshBooks.

Nov 22 2017

56mins

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Rank #5: #27 - Broadening the FIRE (“financial independence, retire early”) Conversation, with Vicki Robin

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Today we’re finally tackling the topic that we suspect some of you initially came to The Fairer Cents expecting to hear about: early retirement, financial independence and the FIRE movement or community. But because it’s us, we’re not just going to say “here’s how to retire early, now go buy some Vanguard funds and off you go.” Instead, we’re talking about how to broaden the conversation around FIRE, namely how to diversify it so more people feel welcome. Because it’s not just white tech bros here, and talking about it that way sells the whole movement short. Our guests today include Vicki Robin, the New York Times bestselling co-author of Your Money Or Your Life, and a panel of diverse voices from across the FIRE community who are all working to break down those stereotypes about who can achieve FIRE.

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Mar 20 2019

54mins

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Rank #6: #3 - Women and Ambition

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Let's talk ambition -- and what it means to be an ambitious woman. Women today are allowed to be more ambitious than women in prior generations, but that doesn't mean we don't still get judged differently for it. Kara and Tanja talk about their own ambition, whether ambition and competition are synonymous, and whether we can be ambitious without hurting other women (and preferably helping them!). Also, a discussion with Michelle Jackson, who proudly proclaims herself to be an ambitious African-American woman, which is all kinds of badass. And why it's so audacious to proclaim, as a woman, that you want to earn more money. 

Season 1 of The Fairer Cents is sponsored by FreshBooks, the cloud accounting software that's changing the world for freelancers and small business owners everywhere. Go to www.freshbooks.com/tfc and enter "the fairer cents" in the how did you hear about us section to get your free one-month trail of FreshBooks.

Nov 15 2017

40mins

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Rank #7: #30 - Personal Responsibility Vs. Systemic Realities

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Today we’re closing season 3 with the ur-topic of personal finance: is your success in life ultimately a product of the amount of personal responsibility you exercise or the systemic barriers that surround you? To answer this question, we talk to two experts: Diana Elliott, a sociologist and researcher at Urban Institute who studies systemic barriers, and Charlotte Cowles, a journalist who writes about money for New York Magazine’s The Cut and New York Times and has interviewed hundreds of people about their money habits. Make sure you're subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts so you get bonus episodes that we share this summer, as well as news when season 4 drops in late summer 2019.

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May 15 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #8: #20 - All the Single Ladies

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Society puts a lot of pressure on all of us to couple up, but what about those women going it alone, either temporarily or long-term? Or going it alone with a child? That’s right. Today we’re discussing all the single ladies and their financial landscape. (And no discussion of single ladies is complete without some Beyonce references, though she’s done some more progressive, feminist work since that song came out.) Join Kara and Tanja as we talk to two single women, Canadian personal finance blogger and single mom Bridget Casey, and single child-free Austin babe Maria B., and rundown the stats on the much larger obstacles single women face in our economy.

This is the last full episode of season 2 of The Fairer Cents, but tune in next week for our season 2 wrap-up, including lots of news on the future of The Fairer Cents, and some special episodes we’ll be dropping this fall, in between seasons. Be sure to subscribe or stay subscribed so you don’t miss a thing! Until season 3, stay rad!

Sep 07 2018

42mins

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Rank #9: #7 - The Urge to Compare Money

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We all feel the urge to compare ourselves to others (no, it's not just you), including the absolutely most successful among us. But is that actually good for us? And are the images we're comparing ourselves against even true? Kara and Tanja talk about comparison, competition, and what it's like to accidentally be the one others are comparing themselves to (and what to do about it if that happens). And today we've got an interview with money blogger J. Money (J$), who started the Rockstar Finance net worth tracker, inspiring radical transparency across the personal finance blogosphere. 

Season 1 of The Fairer Cents is sponsored by FreshBooks, the cloud accounting software for business rockstars. Go to freshbooks.com/tfc and enter "the fairer cents" in the how did you hear about us box to get a one-month free trial of the accounting software we both use and love. 

Dec 27 2017

52mins

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Rank #10: #14 - The Economics of Motherhood

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Today we’re taking on the first topic in which neither of us has a direct stake: motherhood! But recognizing that most women are not child-free by choice, as we both are, we wanted to take on this critically important issue that affects women and our money. We’re talking to Jamila Souffrant, creator of the Journey to Launch financial independence podcast, and Corina Frankie, founder of the Brand Besties event staffing service, about their experiences with maternity leave, taking time off, and how they manage work and motherhood. Plus, you know we have plenty of bleak motherhood wage gap stats to talk about.

Jul 13 2018

44mins

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Rank #11: #16 - Financial Feminism

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Sometimes we take for granted on The Fairer Cents that everyone shares the same understanding of the term “feminism,” but of course that’s not true. So today we’re digging into the term a little bit – what it is, and what it most certainly is not. And then we go a step farther, coining a term that you can expect to hear a lot more around here: “Financial Feminism.” We bring the boys back (what up, T-Bone and Mark!) and hear a clip from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx Talk, as well as hearing from some friends of the podcast, to create a full and inclusive definition of financial feminism, as well as a case for why we need it so badly.

Aug 03 2018

50mins

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Rank #12: #8 - Goals, Resolutions and Self Care

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This week, Kara and Tanja dig deep into goals, resolutions and self care, but not in the usual way. This isn't a rundown on suggested new year's resolutions, or the latest tips for rocking that bullet journal. This is about the potential darkside of goals, and how when we fall short of a goal, we might perceive what is 99% success as failure. And how goals sometimes support self care, while other times goals push us to be unhealthy. And of course we talk about the positive side, too -- how empowering it is to achieve goals, and how each of us achieved our greatest financial successes. Plus audio essays by Kara and Tanja on our feelings about goals and resolutions.

Season 1 of The Fairer Cents is sponsored by FreshBooks, the cloud accounting software for business rockstars. Go to freshbooks.com/tfc and enter "the fairer cents" in the how did you hear about us box to get a one-month free trial of the accounting software we both use and love. 

Jan 04 2018

56mins

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Rank #13: #12 - The Financial Impact of Beauty Double Standards

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We’re going deep into the girliest of topics: beauty. And we’re tackling it all: makeup, clothes, hair, weight, class, and the different standards for people of color. But most of all, how all those things affect our money, both our ability to earn it, and how much we can actually earn in the end. With our guests Sanetra, a model, and Amanda Holden, who writes the Dumpster Dog Blog, we look into the – no joke – HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS that beauty will cost many women in the course of their careers, both from the direct cost of looking a certain way, and from the lost earnings we get as a reward for all that effort. Oh, and did you know there's a fat wage gap, too? There sure is! 

Jun 13 2018

57mins

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Rank #14: #10 - Investing in Mental Health

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This episode's heavier than usual, so if hearing about depression, anxiety and mental health is a trigger for you, please skip this one. Today we're sharing some super personal stuff: our own stories of mental health challenges and how we've handled them, specifically how our mental health has been impacted by money and how we've let money dictate how we take care of our mental health. (Whew! What a paradox.) We also hear from author and blogger Cait Flanders on how she finally decided that therapy was a worthwhile investment of her hard-earned money, and from psychotherapist Casey Lepper on how we can move forward in spite of money anxiety. Women may be more in touch with our emotions, but that doesn't make any of this stuff easy. But investing in your mental health is worth it. YOU are worth it.

Season 1 of The Fairer Cents is sponsored by FreshBooks, the cloud accounting software for business rockstars. Go to freshbooks.com/tfc and enter "the fairer cents" in the how did you hear about us box to get a one-month free trial of the accounting software we both use and love. 

Jan 27 2018

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Rank #15: #23 - Live from Cents Positive: Women, Financial Independence and Changing the Conversation

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This week we’re doing something we’ve never done before on the podcast: recording live! This episode was recorded live at the first Cents Positive retreat for women interested in financial independence (so you’ll notice that we talk about financial independence and early retirement a little more than usual), and included wide-ranging conversations on the origins of the podcast, why women need safe spaces for all things but especially money conversations, how money and emotion are intertwined (and that’s okay!) and some great questions from attendees.

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Jan 23 2019

42mins

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Rank #16: #28 – Microaggressions, Invisible Labor & Women’s Anger, with Gemma Hartley and Sarah Cooper

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In the era of the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter and a torrent of books on the subject, it’s a time when women’s anger at the inequality built into our financial, economic and social systems is finally being heard. Or at least some women’s anger is. In this week’s episode, we’re talking with emotional labor expert and author Gemma Hartley, and comedian and author Sarah Cooper, about the moment women’s rage is having, the steps that most of us must still take to function in a male-oriented career world, and the tired old stereotype of the angry black woman.

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Apr 10 2019

48mins

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Rank #17: #5 - Deweaponizing Privilege

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Let’s de-escalate the privilege discussion, shall we? It’s so important to acknowledge privilege, but not to wield it as a weapon. On this episode, Kara and Tanja dig into privilege – what it is, why it’s so important to talk about especially when the subject is money, and how we can talk about it without picking fights. Our guests are Liz Thames, writer of the Frugalwoods blog and the forthcoming book Meet the Frugalwoods, and Oliver Griswold, who tweets like a maniac at @originalgriz. And, we maybe talk about the royals, patriarchy, and why some American mixed-race blood is just what those stuffy old Brits need. (Tanja hearts Meghan Markle.) Great stuff here, y’all!

Season 1 of The Fairer Cents is sponsored by FreshBooks, the cloud accounting software that's changing the world for freelancers and small business owners everywhere. Go to www.freshbooks.com/tfc and enter "the fairer cents" in the how did you hear about us section to get your free one-month trail of FreshBooks.

Nov 29 2017

56mins

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Rank #18: #9 - When Men Talk Women and Money

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Today, we’re hearing from the guys. Our partners Mark and T-Bone, specifically. (Remember them from episode 2? They're baaaaaack.) And today they’re talking among themselves, not to us. Why? Because while it’s crazy important for women to talk money together, if we want to change the way things are, men have to be a part of that. And we wanted to get some insight into how they think about stuff like money equality in relationships and the wage gap when we’re not pressing them on it. Also, why we’re so stoked about prominent women speaking up, not just making empty gestures. Women crushes of the week: Debra Messing, Natalie Portman, and Oprah… always Oprah.

Season 1 of The Fairer Cents is sponsored by FreshBooks, the cloud accounting software for business rockstars. Go to freshbooks.com/tfc and enter "the fairer cents" in the how did you hear about us box to get a one-month free trial of the accounting software we both use and love. 

Jan 10 2018

42mins

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Rank #19: #6 - Changing the Definition of Success

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Let's talk success! Specifically success for women, which definitely comes loaded with career connotations and the dreaded "having it all." What is success, who defines it, and how does that definition change over time? Plus where does the pressure to succeed come from, and how much of that is socialized into us as women vs. completely self-imposed? Is it the same for hetero women vs. LGBT women? We dig into all of this and more in conversations with Erin Lowry, author of Broke Millennial, and Meg Sather, a friend and colleague of Tanja's, plus an awesome human in her own right. 

Season 1 of The Fairer Cents is sponsored by FreshBooks, the cloud accounting software that's changing the world for freelancers and small business owners everywhere. Go to www.freshbooks.com/tfc and enter "the fairer cents" in the how did you hear about us section to get your free one-month trail of FreshBooks.

The Fairer Cents. Rad women. Real money stories. Feminism, equality, personal finance, and so much more! 

Dec 06 2017

55mins

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Rank #20: #13 - Taking Action to Create Change

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We often go deeeeep into the societal forces that make it just a little harder for women to get ahead financially, and we know that can feel depressing. So today we’re getting granular on what we can all do about it! Guest Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, founder of Moms Rising, a speaker at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and author of the new book Keep Marching, shares lots of tips for how we can each take action in our own ways, and Kara and Tanja each share additional ideas for fighting the good fight in whatever ways feel right to you.

Jun 21 2018

41mins

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#35 - Women’s Voices, Part 1: Speaking Up

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This is the first part in a two-part series that is years in the making, and a topic close to our hearts. The fact is that when women and people from marginalized groups speak, it’s heard differently than it is when men speak. So we’re digging into that, today starting with the more figurative meaning of women’s voices, as in women daring to speak up and fight for something they believe in. Our guests are Noami Grevemberg who Instagrams about the lack of inclusivity in #vanlife at @irietoaurora, and Julia, a trans woman suing the state of North Carolina for its discriminatory health care policies that specifically target transgender people. Both of them are speaking up and willing to be visible even though it’s not always safe to do so, and we talked to them about weighing the risks -- including the financial risks -- of speaking up against what we all gain when women speak up in spite of those risks. In part 2, coming in two weeks, we’re talking about women’s actual voices, how the world hears us, and how we can push back.

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Jan 08 2020

47mins

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#34 - The Economics of Reproduction, Part 2: All the Costs of Giving Birth

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Today we’re completing the two-part series on the economic implications of reproducing, talking about the costs – often mysterious -- of giving birth for women and others who can get pregnant, especially in the U.S. In this episode, Kara talks to Carol Sakala from the National Partnership for Women & Families about the actual costs of delivering a baby, and shares an audio essay on the range of known and unknown stats a mother must contend with when pondering the costs of delivery. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the episode, so please email us at fairercents@gmail.com or hit us up on Twitter or Instagram at @fairercents. Thanks to our sponsor Freshbooks for their support of the show.

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Dec 18 2019

43mins

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#33 - The Economics of Reproduction, Part 1: The Choice Not to Give Birth

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Today’s show is the first in a two-part series all about the economic implications of reproducing — or not reproducing. On the next episode, we’ll talk about the wide range of financial implications of giving birth for women and others who can get pregnant, but today we’re talking about the massive financial impacts of not being forced to have children you don’t want to have for any number of reasons, impacts that go well beyond women themselves. In this episode, Tanja talks to Brigette Courtot of Urban Institute about the economic impacts on women of having access to birth control, and Kara talks to Anna Bernstein of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research about the economic impacts of abortion. Thanks to our sponsors Upstart and Freshbooks for their support of the show.

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Dec 04 2019

42mins

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#32 - The Economics of Wellness, Part 2: A Diet By Any Other Name

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This week, we conclude our two-part series on wellness by focusing on diet and weight loss, the real centerpiece of the entire wellness industry. Just how big a business it is, the lengths the industry goes to to hide itself, and how it hurts us as women in particular. Feminist dietician Rachael Hartley talks to us about how we’ve focused too much on diet and fitness in our quest to be healthier (or, really, thinner), and Tanja looks at the fat phobia that’s the real motivator behind so much of our wellness and weight loss obsession. Big thanks to Freshbooks for sponsoring season 4 of The Fairer Cents. If you’d like to try their cloud accounting software for free, go to freshbooks.com/tfc and enter “the fairer cents” in the How did you hear about us?

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Nov 20 2019

51mins

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#31 - The Economics of Wellness, Part 1: Women & Yoga Culture

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This week’s show is part 1 of a 2-part series on the wellness industrial complex, and all the ways it manipulates women and makes us poorer. First up, we’re tackling yoga culture in particular, because of how ubiquitous it has become in western society, and just how problematic that is. We talk with Tejal Patel and Jesal Parikh of the Yoga Is Dead podcast about how yoga has been culturally appropriated from its roots in India and from Desi people today, and Tanja draws on her long career teaching yoga to delve into yoga’s problems with economics and inclusivity. Big thanks to Freshbooks for sponsoring season 4 of The Fairer Cents. If you’d like to try their cloud accounting software for free, go to freshbooks.com/tfc and enter “the fairer cents” in the How did you hear about us?

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Nov 06 2019

50mins

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#30 - Personal Responsibility Vs. Systemic Realities

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Today we’re closing season 3 with the ur-topic of personal finance: is your success in life ultimately a product of the amount of personal responsibility you exercise or the systemic barriers that surround you? To answer this question, we talk to two experts: Diana Elliott, a sociologist and researcher at Urban Institute who studies systemic barriers, and Charlotte Cowles, a journalist who writes about money for New York Magazine’s The Cut and New York Times and has interviewed hundreds of people about their money habits. Make sure you're subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts so you get bonus episodes that we share this summer, as well as news when season 4 drops in late summer 2019.

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May 15 2019

1hr 7mins

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#29 - Actionable Financial Tips from Friends of The Fairer Cents

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Though we usually focus on bigger picture topics like systemic issues within our economy that disproportionately affect women, this week we’re getting tactical, and sharing actionable tips that can improve your finances today, with a little help from some friends of the podcast. Be sure to check out the links here in the shownotes to find all of the awesome financial pros and content creators we heard from and referenced.

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May 01 2019

36mins

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#28 – Microaggressions, Invisible Labor & Women’s Anger, with Gemma Hartley and Sarah Cooper

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In the era of the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter and a torrent of books on the subject, it’s a time when women’s anger at the inequality built into our financial, economic and social systems is finally being heard. Or at least some women’s anger is. In this week’s episode, we’re talking with emotional labor expert and author Gemma Hartley, and comedian and author Sarah Cooper, about the moment women’s rage is having, the steps that most of us must still take to function in a male-oriented career world, and the tired old stereotype of the angry black woman.

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Apr 10 2019

48mins

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#27 - Broadening the FIRE (“financial independence, retire early”) Conversation, with Vicki Robin

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Today we’re finally tackling the topic that we suspect some of you initially came to The Fairer Cents expecting to hear about: early retirement, financial independence and the FIRE movement or community. But because it’s us, we’re not just going to say “here’s how to retire early, now go buy some Vanguard funds and off you go.” Instead, we’re talking about how to broaden the conversation around FIRE, namely how to diversify it so more people feel welcome. Because it’s not just white tech bros here, and talking about it that way sells the whole movement short. Our guests today include Vicki Robin, the New York Times bestselling co-author of Your Money Or Your Life, and a panel of diverse voices from across the FIRE community who are all working to break down those stereotypes about who can achieve FIRE.

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Mar 20 2019

54mins

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#26 - Being an Ally, Part 2: How White Women Can Advocate for Women of Color

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Today’s show is the second of two parts focusing on how we can be the best possible financial allies to those around us. In part 2, we’re talking about how white women can do better about being allies to women of color, in particular by not being “white feminists TM.” That goes for in financial spaces, and just in general. Our guests are two women of color who've thought a lot about this: Kiona of How Not to Travel Like a Basic Bitch and Marivette Navarette of The Mujerista.

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Mar 06 2019

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#25 - Achieving Creative Dreams

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Today we’re celebrating something HUGE in The Fairer Cents family: the publication of Tanja’s book, Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way! But we’re not just talking about that today. Instead we’re talking about everything that goes into women achieving creative dreams, from the glory of the finished product to the misery and messiness that can go into getting there, and even what creativity is in the first place. Our guest today is Claire Zinnecker, and interior designer and Instagram influencer in Austin, Texas, who creates beautiful rooms, but also keeps it real.

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Feb 13 2019

42mins

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#24 - Being an Ally, Part 1: How Men Can Advocate for Women

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Today’s show is the first of two parts focusing on how we can be the best possible financial allies to those around us, whether that’s online or offline. In part 1, we’re talking about male allies: why we need them, and how men can be them. Our guests are Cord Jefferson, TV writer and outspoken feminist extraordinaire, and personal finance bloggers Matt Lane of Optimize Your Life and Brian of Done By 40. They’re all incredible allies to women, and they get vulnerable with us about how they speak up to help the feminist cause, as well as where they still struggle.

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Feb 06 2019

44mins

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#23 - Live from Cents Positive: Women, Financial Independence and Changing the Conversation

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This week we’re doing something we’ve never done before on the podcast: recording live! This episode was recorded live at the first Cents Positive retreat for women interested in financial independence (so you’ll notice that we talk about financial independence and early retirement a little more than usual), and included wide-ranging conversations on the origins of the podcast, why women need safe spaces for all things but especially money conversations, how money and emotion are intertwined (and that’s okay!) and some great questions from attendees.

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Jan 23 2019

42mins

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#22 - Women & Financial Advocacy, with Gaby Dunn and Mary Beth Cahill

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The economic and social system we live in affects so much about our financial lives as women. So how do we change that? A big part of it is advocating for other women (and ourselves), and so today we’re talking to two incredible women from different generations who do exactly that, but in very different ways: Mary Beth Cahill, former executive director of Emily’s List, as well as long-time chief of staff for Senator Ted Kennedy and campaign manager for John Kerry’s presidential run in 2004; and Gaby Dunn, the writer and performer best known for her podcast and book, both titled Bad With Money. We talk about who they each see themselves fighting for, the economic impact of that and what it means to be an advocate in today's world.

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Jan 16 2019

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#21 - What It Means to Be a Strong Woman, with Suze Orman

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It’s 2019, and women are still being judged for jobs on whether we’re likable enough, whether we’re strong enough (but not too strong), and all the same old patriarchal bullshit. That’s why we’re kicking off the new year and the new podcast season with one of the strongest women we know of: personal finance author, TV personality and all-around unapologetic woman Suze Orman.

She’s got a new book out, but we mostly don’t talk about that. Instead, we talk about her origin story, including how she earned the respect of the first boss in finance who hire her – with the intention of sleeping with her, not promoting her – what it means to her to be gay, and her advice for young people coming up in careers today.

Women & Money by Suze Orman, reissued in 2018

Jan 09 2019

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Bonus: Midterms and Our Money: Women in Politics and Why It Matters

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We're days away from the midterm elections, and we have an unprecedented opportunity to elect more women than ever before. So let's talk about why that's important -- and why it's good for our money.

Also on the show, Kara talked to Lily Herman, founder of Get Her Elected, about why women do and don't run, and what it will take to get more of us in office.

Links mentioned in the show:

Vox piece on representation of women around the world

Legitimate rape spoof

Washington Post piece on women running

Milestones for women in politics

PRRI stats on young people’s views on the world today

Nov 01 2018

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Bonus: Season 2 Wrap-Up

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Today we’re reflecting back on season 2 of The Fairer Cents, and share a bunch about what’s to come in season 3, and even sooner than that! From our favorite episodes to this season to the tough moments, we dig into all of it. We give a preview of what’s coming in a few months (HOUSEHOLD NAMES, y’all!), and share our plans for in between the seasons. Be sure to stay subscribed so you don’t miss some of the special surprises we’ll be throwing at you this fall! We can’t wait to talk to you again soon. In the meantime, stay rad!

Sep 12 2018

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#20 - All the Single Ladies

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Society puts a lot of pressure on all of us to couple up, but what about those women going it alone, either temporarily or long-term? Or going it alone with a child? That’s right. Today we’re discussing all the single ladies and their financial landscape. (And no discussion of single ladies is complete without some Beyonce references, though she’s done some more progressive, feminist work since that song came out.) Join Kara and Tanja as we talk to two single women, Canadian personal finance blogger and single mom Bridget Casey, and single child-free Austin babe Maria B., and rundown the stats on the much larger obstacles single women face in our economy.

This is the last full episode of season 2 of The Fairer Cents, but tune in next week for our season 2 wrap-up, including lots of news on the future of The Fairer Cents, and some special episodes we’ll be dropping this fall, in between seasons. Be sure to subscribe or stay subscribed so you don’t miss a thing! Until season 3, stay rad!

Sep 07 2018

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#19 - Invisible Disability

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Some people face more challenges than others when it comes to earning money and navigating the work world, many for reasons that are apparent to all of us. And then there are those of us who look completely "normal" in the eyes of the world, but face struggles that others can't see that limit our ability to do even the most basic tasks. We're talking about invisible disability, a concept that's only starting to be recognized in our society, but which directly affects a billion people living on the planet today. Yes, billion with a "b." Whether that's you, or someone (or probably many someones) you care about, let's dig into the realities of invisible disability for women and our money, and what we can all do to create a more inclusive (and productive!) work world for everyone. Today we're hearing from JR Thorpe, who has written a series of articles on invisible disability for Bustle, and from friend of the podcast Kate, who has the same invisible disability as Tanja, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome hypermobility type (formerly known as "type 3"). 

Aug 31 2018

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#18 - Breaking Into the Boys’ Club, Part 2

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We’re picking up where we left off last week in our two-part series, talking about women breaking into fields that have historically been male-dominated. Today we’re talking to two women scientists from across the pond – Dr. Jess Wade, a physicist in the U.K. who’s on a mission to tell the stories of women scientists in history by authoring Wikipedia pages about them, and Kim Tomy from South Africa, whose experience trying to climb the ranks in academia also has the history of Apartheid and violence against women to contend with. Along the way, we explore research on girls-only education, the history of the Nobel Prize and what actually happens to pay when women break into male-dominated fields.

If you enjoy the show, please leave us a review and tell a friend about the show! Then share your story with us on Twitter @fairercents or via email. And you can always find us at TheFairerCents.com

Aug 23 2018

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Great podcast!

By kris_tara - Dec 29 2019
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Just starting listening and love it!

We’ve been missing this perspective

By Treebyleaf - Oct 21 2019
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Sooo good, wise and insightful! Where has this podcast been all my life?!