April is Financial Literacy Month, but that doesn’t mean our responsibilities will end and we’ll take the time to manage our finances. Thinking about money can be stressful, time-consuming, and feel like going to the dentist. Talking about budgets, investments and the big D, debt, can be awkward.
Yet some amazing women are making those conversations easier and more accessible. If managing your finances has been at the bottom of your to-do list, here are four women to follow who can make that process easier and fun. These women are taking the financial knowledge guarded by white men and imparting it in a digestible way to everyday women. Helping women around the world pay their bills and have some money for treatment.
Berna Anat: The self-proclaimed women of the financial hype
Berna, by her full name Bernadette Anat, is one of the people closest to finance. This first-generation Filipino millennial is your biggest fan when it comes to money management. She’ll clap and twerk with every financial milestone you reach. Anat is a speaker, producer and educator. When she first dipped into the world of finance, she got up and paid off fifty thousand dollars in debt in three years. Following all the finance videos on the internet, she noticed that the world of finance, in her words, was “Hella male and hella pale”. Her mission is to empower women financially by helping them break the shame around their money.
Reasons to follow: There are no boring money videos with Anat. She’ll dress up, dance, and find the most creative ways to teach you about budgeting, investing, saving, and getting out of debt.
Where to follow: YouTube channel: Instagram/Facebook/Twitter @HeyBerna
Podcast: Money Please!
Clever Girl Finance: A Complete Community for Financial Wellness:
Founded by Bola Sokunbi, Clever Girl Finance has grown into a platform that provides women with financial advice. They provide resources and products to help women feel financially empowered. Some of their values focus on overcoming financial mistakes and creating a solid foundation, regardless of your financial situation. They produce content to help you stay motivated on a daily basis and reach a place of financial security. They believe that with financial education, you can make better money choices for your future self.
Reasons to follow: Free, easy to use and, in case you missed it, free resources that can help you build a solid foundation for financial success. They have courses to help you get out of debt and start saving. The best part is that you can be connected to a community that believes in financial freedom for all women.
Where to follow: Youtube; Instagram; Twitter; Facebook
Ramona Ortega: the diva of dinner parties
This serial entrepreneur has created a way to help millennial women budget and become more confident about managing their money. Ortega founded My Money My Future, a technology company that provides content and tools for all your money management needs. Ortega researches black and brown communities. Growing up with little knowledge about money, she made many mistakes. Now his motivation is to help the next generation create wealth for their families and communities.
Reasons to follow: Ortega’s platform, My Money My Future, focuses on creating wealth through investment. It also has an easy-to-follow budgeting tool as well as ways to learn and create an action plan to put what you’ve learned into practice. You can also join a community and have access to finance professionals.
Where to follow: Twitter: @dinero_diva; instagram
Patricia Washington: the expert in holistic finance
Patricia Washington is a speaker, coach and number one bestselling author. It’s for women who want to do what they love, make an impact, and get paid well doing it. She teaches women to live a disciplined yet fulfilled life. Some of her knowledge comes from being a personal finance expert for Steve Harvey’s radio and TV shows. Its content offers a more holistic approach to money and contradicts much of the popular advice you might hear from financial gurus.
Reasons to follow: It will help you live your best life while keeping your finances in check and not sacrificing the things that matter to you. She teaches you to chase the goal, not the money. This money is a by-product of healthy and wealthy living. If you’re tired of chasing money and want to live a more meaningful and joyful life, Washington has free videos and audios to get you started. His videos not only support your financial growth, but help you build positive relationships and become mentally fit. She will not only help you get the money you want, but also help you create the lifestyle you want.
Where to follow: Youtube; instagram; Twitter; Facebook Podcast: The Redefining Wealth Podcast
Whether you choose to follow one or all four of these women, the important thing to remember is that financial education is the key to living a life of financial freedom and success. Start by deciding the best way to learn, whether through visuals, charts, video training, or writing, and use them to educate yourself on all things money.