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Financial Education Classes Aimed at Women

by Katie Pyzyk — January 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm 2,034 40 Comments

Women looking to learn more about managing their finances are in luck. A five week series of classes on the topic will be held at the Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St.) starting next Wednesday.

The course aims to address the unique needs women face with money management. Some of the topics covered include budgeting, insurance basics and investing.

“The premise of the program is that women have unique financial needs,” said Virginia Cooperative Extension Financial Counselor Jennifer Abel. “Women are more likely to leave the workforce to care for young children and the elderly. On average, they have lower life earnings and yet they live longer than men.”

Abel will teach the first session and bring in other certified financial planners for the following weeks.

The classes start on January 25 and run every Wednesday until February 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There is an optional $25 fee for attendees who would like to purchase class materials. To register, email jabel@vt.edu or call 703-228-6417.

  • novasteve

    Is this limited to women? If so, care to do the intermediate scrutiny justification to prove this isn’t an equal protection violation?

    • Josh S

      Actually, I think the burden would fall on you to come up with some plausible argument as to why it is.

      Whatever “it” is. I’m not even sure I understand what you’re getting at…..

      • novasteve

        Burden on me?It’s on those who make the gender based classification, they need to support their distinction and try to prove how it isn’t an equal protection violation. That’s not my job. It’s theirs.

        • Zoning Victim

          Well, if you think you have a case that your rights have been violated, then you actually do have to prove how the county has violated your rights because the burden of proof is always on the accuser.

          The focus of this class is on women’s finances, they didn’t say you couldn’t come.

    • OX4

      “The course aims to address the unique needs women face with money management.”

      I would say, yes, it is.

      You may also want to consider targeting the local community college’s Asian club on your brilliant crusade of equality. Or the Magic: The Gathering club that meets every Saturday afternoon in Bethesda.

      • George

        So if it said “The premise of the program is that men have unique financial needs,” would the burden of proof really be on the accuser, or would people just sort of blindly assume it was a sexist activity?

        Also, what would it entail? Getting the best deal on a Mazda Miata when your hair begins receding? Discuss.

    • red

      The class is not limited to women. From the flier:
      “Developed because women have unique financial needs, this course teaches the basics of smart money management. The series shows women and those who care about their future how to plan now for long-term financial security.”

  • TGEoA

    Lesson #1: Nail polish is recession proof, so spend away.

    • Instigator

      Lesson #2: How to tell if that really is a roll of quarters in his pocket.

  • Steve

    First government sponsored lesson: Men are exploiting you.

    • George

      Second true life lesson: Women make less than men because women are smart enough to prioritize quality of life and job quality over income, since men seem to have the size of their income inextricably linked to their subconscious anxiety over penis size.

      So women are generally happier with their jobs, and it’s still men’s fault.

  • Bob

    Is bondi a speaker or guest?

    • Paco Wellington III

      Well, we know she is not much of a student, but g_d almighty she could use this course.

  • Always Right

    Can they include under “unique financial needs” their propensity to get involved with losers and play the “victim” game?

  • novasteve

    Will the course cover how moronic it is to have dozens of pairs of shoes let alone 4 pairs? As well as the follies of needing to be seen in expensive designer clothes, worry if someone else has the same outfit, and handbags that costs hundreds if not more that are made in slave wage factories out of parts that cost a few dollars?

    • PL25rd

      Yea, because women are the only ones in this area who spend a lot of money on shoes and clothing? Wow, you’re a misogynist.

  • Burger

    – On average, they have lower life earnings and yet they live longer than men.–

    So when is the course or government program going to start to rectify the fact men have short lives than women.

  • zzzzz

    First the lame underwear jokes and now this. Is today “Celebrate Misogyny” day or something?

  • thecharlesriver

    I don’t think this is an equal protection issue. But I do have to say that I’m really tired of the growing “War on Men” which has been evolving since the very worthy feminist movement origins.

  • thecharlesriver

    And I’m sorry, but because women of that time couldn’t vote and played different familial roles several decades ago doesn’t mean today’s men need to kiss their asses. Nor does it mean that today’s society needs to revolve around them.

  • Chix Rule

    Ladies can do as they like and men can just deal with it.

    • Cooch

      Okay – If you insist, I’ll just deal with my 30% higher wages. Or as Sam Kinison said “too bad we own everything”

      See how effective that all-or-nothing approach works?

  • thecharlesriver

    And the word “lady” is used very loosely around here I’ve noticed.

  • hmm…

    not too easy to find true “gentlemen” around here as well. welcome to arlington.

    • thecharlesriver

      What exactly is a “true gentleman”? Someone who kisses your ass? If some people got rid of the idea that they are entitled to this, and entitled to that, the world (especially around DC) would be a better place. Welcome to a world where women are truly EQUAL.

  • Zoning Victim

    Good grief, I had no idea that so many people lurking on this site hated women so much, WTF?

    • thecharlesriver

      “Good grief, I had no idea that so many people lurking on this site hated women so much, WTF?”

      Not as many people lurking on this site who insist on using hyperbole. But I think it’s just a recognition that too many women expect to be treated completely the same as men, except when it’s not convenient for them.

  • hmm…

    i wasn’t attacking the male gender, just pointing out that both females and males could stand attitude adjustments. don’t limit your accusations to just women. i’m not expecting people to kiss my ass, as you so eloquently put it. but it is pretty disturbing to see several perfectly healthy, able-bodied men too busy playing angry birds on their smartphones to bother offering a pregnant woman or elderly person their seat on the metro.

  • dk

    Aren’t you guys the same ones who complain that Arlington women ignore you? What a shock.

    • thecharlesriver

      “Aren’t you guys the same ones who complain that Arlington women ignore you? What a shock.”

      Um, no, we’re not. Get over yourself. I’d like more Arlington women to ignore me.

      • dk

        Ah, they’re all throwing themselves at you, Charlie? Now it all makes sense.

        • thecharlesriver

          There obviously isn’t much that makes sense to you.

  • thecharlesriver

    “i wasn’t attacking the male gender, just pointing out that both females and males could stand attitude adjustments. don’t limit your accusations to just women. i’m not expecting people to kiss my ass, as you so eloquently put it. but it is pretty disturbing to see several perfectly healthy, able-bodied men too busy playing angry birds on their smartphones to bother offering a pregnant woman or elderly person their seat on the metro.”

    Fine but this article is about educational classes which are exclusive…for women. Also, when you see the myriad of people (mostly young females I’ve noticed) infatuated with their smart phones, do you REALLY think they are intentionally ignoring the person who needs their seat? Or do you think they might JUST be doing their own thing and don’t feel compelled to assess the individual “needs” of everyone who happens to get on the train? How about ASKING someone for the seat if you think you may need it? There’s a thought huh?

    • thecharlesriver

      Oh and I notice that you don’t pay much attention to the “able-bodied” young females who also don’t bother offering up their seats?? Are they excluded from being polite?

      • hmm…

        being raised in the south, i do have some notions of how gentlemen should conduct themselves. you’re so willing to accuse women in this area of being stuck up or ignorant, yet you fail to acknowledge that men also are guilty of the same. at no point did i say that women couldn’t stand to learn some manners.

        i’m fine with the assessment that there are some pitifully behaved females in the area. but at least be reasonable enough to admit that it goes for both genders rather than slamming anything that sounds remotely feminist in nature.

        as far as “asking”: for a seat, in one instance, i did ask on behalf of the pregnant woman that i was standing next to. and it so happened that the seats immediately nearby were all occupied by men in the young professional age range, all seemingly without any handicaps that would prevent them from supporting their own body weight while standing. guess how many of them stood up for the young lady who was 9 months pregnant.

        • hmm…

          and before you make any snide comments about her gestation period, she did inform me she was in her 9th month and was just short of a couple weeks of her expected delivery date.

        • thecharlesriver

          1) I didn’t fail to acknowledge anything. My comments were directed at other comments and about THIS article. THIS article is not about men.

          2) Sorry, but I alluded to the fact that the roots of the feminist movement were positive. So your assertion that I slammed “anything that sounds remotely feminist in nature” is simply drama and fabrication on your part.

          3) Your anecdotal example of your instance of being on a train where mostly young men were around and didn’t offer up their seats to the pregnant female are sad. But I don’t see what it has to do with my comments.

          4) Again, this article was about female only courses, and my comments were directed at that as well as toward other specific comments on this board. Because I didn’t comment about men, or because I didn’t comment about the high crime rate in DC, doesn’t negate what I did comment on.

          5) Being raised in the south doesn’t imply that the southern idea of “manners” is necessarily the correct idea of manners. I always get a kick out of the southerners and their “rude northerner” comments. They usually put them in the context of how snooty we are in the north (ironically while they assume a self-righteous position on their notion of manners)

          6) How on God’s green earth could anybody be so arrogant as to think they know me enough to even assume I would CARE to make a “snide comment” about your anecdotal female’s gestation period. I couldn’t care less.

  • thecharlesriver

    And by the way, I didn’t make any specific comments about women in this area being stuck up. So try to stay on point.

    • dk

      Charles, Charles. Why so sensitive?

      • thecharlesriver

        I’m afraid you need a better response than that. Too funny.

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