(TBEN Local) – Money has been and continues to be a taboo subject for couples, families and friends and Claire Wasserman wants to change that. The author and founder of Ladies Get Paid, a global community that advocates for the financial advancement of women, has traveled the country for years asking women very simple questions about money.
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Wasserman’s new book from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is called “Ladies Get Paid” and covers several important topics such as career advancement, negotiating a salary and making a plan for achieve all of your financial goals.
“This is all from real women, and I followed the lives of nine real women in the book,” Wasserman said, in an interview with DJ Sixsmith of TBEN Local. “Everyone faces a different professional challenge like who am I, why am I here and what should I do. It’s all in the life cycle of your career minus the retirement part. It took almost two years to write this. I never thought of myself as a feminist and had no idea what feminism was. About five and a half years ago, I had a sexist experience that woke me up. It was enough to surprise me with naivety, but also an awkward gender power dynamic. I knew nothing about systemic inequalities, the wage gap and the leadership gap. “
The author’s explorations of all of these topics allowed her to learn more about things like microaggressions and statistics on working women. Wasserman’s curiosity led her to launch the Ladies Get Paid business, which featured offline events with women from across the country talking about money.
“I put women in a room and told them what money means to you,” Wasserman said. “I knew this would really be a power talk and that’s what I wanted women to get. First you need to understand what might be holding us back. This is how we are socialized. Before you can defend yourself, you must deeply believe that you are worthy of it. I have an idea of what women want and need in their life and what universals are. The book is all these learnings condensed. No matter where you live, what you do, or how old you are, a lot of these things are universal. Women recognize that if they experience something similar, they can speak out and come together.
“Ladies Get Paid” is available wherever the books are sold on Tuesday, January 12th and watch all of DJ Sixsmith’s interviews from “The Sit-Down” here.