There are plenty of things women are taught not to talk about: our periods, our masturbation habits, our sex number — and the list goes on. But while body stuff indeed ranks pretty high on that list, women talking about money is also considered a general no-no.
According to a not-so-surprising 2014 Fidelity Investments survey of 1,542 women between the ages of 18 and 69+, a majority do not feel comfortable discussing cold hard cash — even with their closest confidantes. Eight out of 10 women revealed that money talk doesn't happen within their inner circle, and yet 92 percent admitted that they would like to learn more about financial planning.
A growing body of research also suggests that women just don't ask for raises as much as men do, either. A survey of graduate students found that female students were more likely to accept their first salary offer, while male students were eight times more likely to negotiate for a higher starting salary.
Whether the reason for all of this is because money is still viewed as a man's game or because we don't want to ruffle any feathers doesn't matter: if women want to make more money and be financially independent, we gotta open up and say $.
Here are five reasons women should talk about money more: