It’s clear you’re committed to a world with more women in power. And I agree with your advice to women to “lean in” to our careers, our potential and our ambition.
So, I was perplexed to read in the TIME magazine cover story that when it comes to family finances, you let your husband manage the money because you “have essentially no interest.”
Girl, we need to talk.
I don’t expect you to be interested in every aspect of domestic life: You’re COO of Facebook, you’re leading a social movement and you have two kids under age 7. You’re busy.
But you say you’re committed to creating a new era of women leaders. Isn’t having an interest in money, especially in one’s personal finances, core to achieving true personal power? How can we expect women to take control of their futures, after all, if they aren’t comfortable taking control of their finances? The two are inextricably linked.
Taking care of your finances is more than just a household chore. It has a direct impact on the choices you’re able to make in your career and in your life. Ceding control of it to someone else means ceding control of your future. And it perpetuates the myth—even inadvertently—that money is something in which women can afford to take “no interest.”
If we are going to support women in achieving equality with men, it’s essential to empower them to take an interest in their finances—to demand equal wages for equal work, to ask for raises not just recognition, and, particularly, to feel confident in managing their money so that they’re able to live life on their terms.
So I issue a challenge to you today: Lean in to your finances, Sheryl, and encourage other women to do the same.
All my respect and support,