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.
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.
CONTENTS 1. Money, Money, Money – Women and the Thorny Issue of Wealth 2. Enough Already – It’s Time for Change 3. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Investing – Covering off the Basic 4. When ‘Sustainable Investing’ Becomes Just ‘Investing’ 5. Checking out the Scene – What Is out There? 6. A Global Call to Action – Introducing the Sustainable Development Goals 7. Don’t Be Put off – The Time Is Now 8. It Is Not Plain Sailing 9. It Can Be Done – Here’s How 10. Sisters Doing It for Themselves – Gender-Smart Investing 11. Who You Gonna Call? – The Role of the Financial Advisor 12. Technology – A Game-Changer for Sustainable Investors? 13. It’s Over to You Now