Money and personal finance have a reputation for being male dominated. Well, it’s high time that myth is shattered, because in personal finance, there are amazing, bold and brave women moving the needle forward and helping others get better with their money, find their way out of debt, and teaching others how to invest.
There are so many women rocking it in personal finance, it’s tough to list them all. That being said, we’ve rounded up 10 women who are making waves in personal finance.
1. Shannon McLay
Shannon McLay is a quadruple threat. She blogs at Financially Blonde, is the host of Martinis and Your Money (which I’m on for the happy hour episodes), has authored “Train Your Way to Financial Fitness” and is the CEO of The Financial Gym.
Under all of her ventures, she works hard to help everyone, but especially women, get financially fit. The Financial Gym, which is the company she started, is like a gym in New York City where you can go and work with a financial trainer. Not in NYC? The Financial Gym works with virtual clients as well.
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2. Tonya Rapley
Tonya Rapley is the founder of personal finance blog and brand MyFabFinance.com. In 2014, she was named the “New Face of Wealth Building” in Black Enterprise. Through her work, she helps women break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck. Several years ago, she won a Plutus award (award for personal finance media) for best finance blog for women.
Rapley also works as a speaker and has the video series “Talk Money with Tonya.” On top of that, she is the author of Amazon best-seller, “The Money Manual: A Practical Guide To Help You Succeed on Your Financial Journey.”
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3. Kristin Wong
Kristin Wong is the author of “Get Money”, a guide to all things money. The book is not your typical finance book and manages to be fun, funny, and informative. Wong’s way with words is not just apparent in her book, but also in her work in The New York Times as well as her advice column Joint Accounts by Medium.
On top of writing and speaking about money, she has addressed issues like imposter syndrome, negotiation, and psychology. If you want money advice, check out her work.
4. Jean Chatzky
One of the major pioneers in the women and finance space is Jean Chatzky. Jean is the podcast host of HerMoney, where she chats with a variety of guests about an array of money issues. Her personable style and engaging personality make it a must listen.
Aside from the being voice behind HerMoney, she is also the financial editor of the “Today” show and is the co-author of “AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip”, a guide to making your money last as you get older.
5. Farnoosh Torabi
Attention all women breadwinners: You must read “When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women” by Farnoosh Torabi. The book is smart and geared toward women who are the breadwinners in their family. As we deal with a cultural shift, this book serves as a guide for this uncharted territory.
If you want to understand how to navigate being the breadwinner, and not feel guilty or weird about it, read her book.
6. Cat Alford
Cat Alford has been a writer and media personality for many years in the personal finance space. She is a mompreneur to twins and over the years, she’s shared how she navigates money and dealing with multiple six figure debt, while also raising a family and working for herself.
Her relatable, Southern charm and actionable advice can help you learn how to manage your money and work toward being self-employed.
7. Patrice Washington
Patrice Washington is a motivational speaker, author and podcast host who helps women not only manage their money, but help them thrive.
She is the author of “Real Money Answers for Every Woman: How to Win the Money Game With Or Without A Man”, a practical guide to getting your money right. Her podcast, Redefining Wealth goes beyond just money, but focuses on chasing your purpose, not just profit. She has worked as the finance expert for Steve Harvey and also works as a national speaker.
8. Amanda Abella
If you’re interested in going from broke to business owner, learning from latina millennial money expert Amanda Abella will help. She is the author of “Make Money Your Honey: A Spirited Entrepreneur’s Guide to Having a Love Affair with Work and Money” and had a podcast of the same name.
Her work now is all about helping other business owners and wannabe entrepreneurs build a business they love and getting paid doing it. She even has a program on “How to Make Your First $50K As An Influencer”. You can follow her on Instagram at @amandaabella for tips and videos behind the scenes of her life and business.
9. Stefanie O’Connell
Stefanie O’Connell is a woman to watch if you’re interested in learning money, building wealth, and navigating finances in a relationship.
Newly engaged, Stefanie talks about how she gave back her engagement ring so that she and her fiancee could use that money in a way that aligned more with their values. According to The Greenwich Time, O’Connell is “a financial expert with a best friend’s voice. Think Mindy Kaling, but with more Excel spreadsheets.” You can check out her YouTube channel and find her speaking at gigs across the country.
10. Tori Dunlap
Tori Dunlap is the type of woman you feel like you could sit down for a coffee with and talk endlessly about your deepest money worries. Dunlap, who runs Her First 100k, is all about empowering women to save, earn or invest their first six figures.
She walks the walk too and is slated to have $100,000 saved by age 25. Dunlap states that “Having a financial education is a woman’s best form of protest.” You can check out her site and her valuable stories on Instagram in which she shares how to save, earn and invest.
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Melanie Lockert is a personal finance expert, the blogger behind DearDebt.com and author of the book “Dear Debt: A story about breaking up with debt.” Melanie paid off $81,000 of debt and is now on a mission to help others do the same.