A study by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) found that women hold two-thirds of the outstanding $1.5 trillion student loan debt in America. Why does this debt discrepancy exist? Here are just a few of the reasons:
– The gender pay gap. Women currently make 82 cents to every dollar a man makes, and it’s far wider for women of color and for working mothers.
– Traditional female roles. We are conditioned to be helpers, healers and caretakers, and then severely financially penalized for pursuing those roles.
– Parents save more for the education of male children. A T. Rowe Price study found that 50% of boys-only households reported they had saved money specifically for their children’s education, while only 39% of girls-only households had done the same.
– The motherhood penalty. And it’s not just an issue of lost income — it’s lost experience and opportunity.
“Even when women do advocate for themselves, we pay a price for acting ‘out of role,’ and the response is often exaggerated,” Diane Bourdo, CFP®, president of The Humphreys Group in San Francisco, explained in The Simple Dollar.
As The Simple Dollar accurately states, “Women don’t have a chip on our shoulder, we have an anchor on our feet.”
Read the full article, “College Costs Women More — And We Aren’t Allowed to Get Mad About It.”
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