Once upon a time, a girl named Cinderella lived with her stepmother and two stepsisters. Poor Cinderella had to work hard all day long so the others could rest. It was she who had to wake up each morning when it was still dark and cold to start the fire.
Then the shoe thing (my favourite part), enter a really rich and good looking prince, a fancy ball and happily ever after.
** Unfortunately, the statistics suggest alternative ever afters . . .
1 in 3 marriages end in divorce
20% of children are raised by a single parent
Divorced mums have 68% less super than married ones
1 in 5 people will marry more than once
Women earn on average 14.6% less than men
81% of one-parent families are headed by women
Women make up more than two-thirds of primary carers
And the stats on marginalised groups of women like older women, younger women, women on low incomes, LGBTIQ+ people, women with disabilities, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women? Not enjoyable reading.
I ain't no Cinderella (except for the shoe thing), so I am currently having no-BS conversations and taking action about my financial health because education and knowledge are paramount if I don't want to be included in the above statistics.
Stay tuned . . . if you want to learn more with me as well . . .
** SOURCE: Women & Money is a project of WIRE Women’s Information. WIRE is the only Victoria-wide free generalist information, support and referral service run by women for women.