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Financy Women’s Index founder Bianca Hartge-Hazelmen reveals what she would tell her younger self to give her the confidence to be in control.
It was while she was on maternity leave that Bianca Hartge-Hazelman, advocate, writer and entrepreneur, found her future.
She said she realised that women’s money issues were not getting sufficient attention in the media and that the traditional lens applied to financial content was not empowering women towards their own financial independence.
She said she felt financial content for women also did not resonate deeply with the lifestyle pursuits of all women.
Inspired by a desire to help women learn and make money decisions, Bianca created Financy, an online publication dedicated to improving women’s money matters. She also launched the country’s first economic index for women, the Financy Women’s Index, on International Women’s Day in 2017.
Bianca has been a keynote speaker at QSuper’s ‘She’s on Q’ women’s events that encourage women to prioritise their financial wellbeing, and her work has been included in publications such as the Australian Financial Review and the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as Channel Nine’s Financial Review Sunday program and ABC Radio.
Bianca said she aims to help women and business break the cycle of financial inequality that she says exists in Australia. She draws upon her experience about the need for education, citing her grandmother who still can’t use a credit card and was a single-mother of four who struggled financially. Bianca is also mother to three daughters.
Life is serious enough as it is and being down on yourself for silly things is exhausting. Instead, when you do something wrong, silly, or embarrassing, try to laugh at yourself and, I promise, it will feel better.
We live once, so please don't be afraid to have a go by investing your money in property, cash or shares. Do your research and go for it.
It is a shame to realise that I have wasted time on being fearful. Address your fears face on and push past them.
Try to find the love of your life if you can. Make sure he or she is kind to you. And be kind to them. Your heart will be happier the more love you feed it.
Do what brings you happiness and helps you to leave this world better than when you came into it.
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The views of the Ms Hartge-Hazelman are not necessarily the views of the QSuper Board. General information only and you should get professional advice before relying on it.
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