'Women & Money' Seminars
Aiming to bridge the gender savings gap
Pat Head Summitt
GABRIEL BIENCZYCKI/ZEBRA VISUAL
The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, in partnership with the Women’s Financial Network, will deliver a series of ten Women & Money seminars aiming to address the discrepancy in the financial independence between men and women by providing women with affordable and practical information and essential life-long money management skills.
Beginning on 30 July, the seminars will be delivered by award winning financial planner Susan ‘Ms Money’ Jackson, covering essential topics such as budgeting, superannuation, buying a first home, relationships, investments and retirement.
According to Ms Jackson “financial independence is what gives women real choices in their lives. The Women & Money seminars provide information, hints and tips that women can implement easily into their busy lives and to give women the knowledge to become informed, confident and active financial decision makers.”
According to recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, women earn 18-33% less than men. Women take on care-giving roles, spend less time in the workforce and more time in part-time jobs. As a result of the gender pay gap, women can end up with 50% less superannuation than men.
Furthermore, women live longer than men so their finances need to last longer into retirement. The good news is that the vast majority of Australian women want to learn more about complex money management issues such as planning, investment strategies and managing their retirement.
The award winning Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, is a not for profit organisation that works to identify and respond to the issues and challenges faced by women. Since 2007 the Women & Money seminars have helped 2,000 women to take control of their finances.
The 2013 seminar series runs from 30 July until 26 November 2013 at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased from www.qvwc.org.au.