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Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,555 ratings  ·  428 reviews
Why is it that women, who are so competent in all other areas of their lives, cannot find the same competence when it comes to matters of money?

Suze Orman investigates the complicated, dysfunctional relationship women have with money in this groundbreaking new book. With her signature mix of insight, compassion, and soul-deep recognition, she equips women with the financ
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Published February 27th 2007 by Spiegel & Grau (first published November 17th 2005)
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I was actually embarrassed to check this out from the library, but I'm glad I did. Orman's ghoulish grin on the cover is terrifying, but my credit card debt and student loans are even scarier, and this book gave me the necessary tools to take control of the shambles that is my financial situation.

The book is organized into a five month plan, and Orman walks you through the ins and outs of learning about your FICO and how you can fix it if it sucks; how, when and why to invest; the benefits of s
Dec 19, 2008 Jessica marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklits
Holy hell, I saw this woman on television tonight at the gym, now I'm fucking obsessed with her. I just absolutely love her insanely amazing glowing white jaws. I'd seen pictures of her before, but I had no idea how her teeth are shaped, and how cool they look when she talks -- I finally get the whole hyper-bleached look! She's great. Plus according to Wikipedia, she used to be a social worker! I am going to read this book, and see what she has to tell me about woman and money, not to mention my ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Kristen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women
Shelves: non-fiction
A few montsh ago, I saw an episode of Oprah and Suze Orman was on to discuss money and women. I knew at the time who she was a bit, but had never paid much attention to her or her work. During that episode, she had it set up that you could go onto Oprah's website for the hour that the show was on and download her newest book, Women and Money, for free. So I did.

I forgot I had it saved to my jump drive for the longest time, but then I stumbled across it a few days ago. I decided to give it a rea
Debra Daniels-zeller
Blah, blah, blah--what a sexist book. Couldn't bring myself to finish it. Apparently this book was meant for women who volunteer and barter and need some help with their self esteem. I got tired of her talking about "We" and what all women do to discount themselves at about chapter 5. I'm not sure now why I thought a woman with a seven figure income and numerous houses could give the average woman any helpful advice that isn't already out there. I already heard all the stories she shared about h ...more
My father bought me this book after I asked him about how to go about investing money (that I have yet to earn...). He said it lays out the basics quite well, and I suppose he is right. My main issue with this book is that it was way too motivational and not informational enough. The time it takes to read 8 chapters about why you should take control of your financial life (so that you can be a balanced, courageous, and beautiful woman, and so on) could better be spent learning how to do so. My s ...more
This is an excellent book for women who need to know all the basics of taking care of their finances. I really like Suze's approach to the book, which is that knowlege about your finances leads to more power and control over your life as a whole. She encourages women, whether they are single and just starting out (like me), married and used to letting their husbands deal with the finances, or even stay-at-home-moms, to develop a healthy relationship with their money in order to take more control ...more
Della S.white
Money management applies to everyone - not just women, but I understand how she wanted to target the female audience to try to get more women involved in the family finances. Some of the information is outdated, since it was written before the huge bank bailouts and housing bubble collapse in 2008.
Some of the information offered is inaccurate since legislation has changed a lot for credit cards, mortgages, and other things. The first few chapters are her usual touchy-feely chapters to attempt t
Ever notice how in each of Suze's books, she writes, "This is the most important book I've ever written," but they all invariably suck? Same story here. Sexist, condescending, low on useful guidance and bursting with self-promotion. Weird mantras and lots of forced teaming. I have to wonder how many of the little anecdotes are even true. It was also written and published shortly before the Depression, so some of the advice is a little quaint (1% interest on a checking account and 5% on a savings ...more
Grace Villard
I have this as an audiobook- and I use to think "she was highminded? But that was when I didn't know any better. This woman knows her stuff. What I am learning is that learn from those who can give you sound advice who has a proven record of failures to successes. She came from a "poor" background. Find out how she can show you simply money management steps and investments tools where ever your budget may be. She was featured in the Essence magazine in 2007 appealing to the African Amercian and ...more
*Women & $elf-worth*

Believe it or not, this book is a book about women and relationships. That is, the relationships women have with their money. In her characteristically direct, clear, and here's-what-you-need-to-know style, Suze exposes (in a no-shame/no-blame way) the dysfunctional relationship women have had with money, and then provides a step-by-step five-month plan to help set the stage for a lifetime of financial security.

Whether or not you follow all the steps now, this book provid
The book contained a lot of helpful ideas and information, but I found parts of it condescending and annoying, but perhaps it's a generational thing. There were portions of the book directed towards women who have secret shopping addictions that lead to credit card debt and there were suggestions on how to begin to understand your finances if you've been relying on your husband to do it for you for years. I'm a woman and I'm married, but I don't rack up credit card bills for shoes and I don't le ...more
Ginny Dodge
Suze has a clean cut, thorough outline of the steps you need to take towards financial independence. While the actual strategic and tactical plan is a general purpose (non gender specific) target with some sections instated that are geared towards women living longer, divorce stipulations, stay-at-home moms, the real standouts for me were chapters 1 and 7. Orman's defense of why women need to take charge, why volunteerism beyond free time and giving in the form of money when it should be investe ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Cari rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any woman.
Recommended to Cari by: My mom.
I've been reading this book for a few months now, on a recommendation from my mom. It has a lot of good financial advice and even more than that it teaches a lot about the very basic skills in getting one's personal finances in order. I wasn't so much a fan of the whole 'power to the women' standpoint but I think that's mostly because it doesn't apply to me. In my own family and friends I can see where that kind of empowering rhetoric would be helpful so I can't say I it isn't necessary, it just ...more
Women & Money trades in a stereotype about women.

Suze Orman claims most women in America are clueless about money and turn their finances over to the men in their lives.

I didn't see myself in the pages of this book. I checked it out of the library years ago and checked it out again this week when I saw it on the New shelf even though it was published years ago.

A better use of your eyeballs to read a finance book or two would be The Difference by Jean Chatzky and The Psychology of Wealth by C
The financial advice is pretty basic. My husband read this book and thought it was kind of dull, because all of the suggestions are really beginner stuff. However, the book made me surprisingly uncomfortable, because a lot of what she identifies as issues women have with money apply to me. Although good chunks of it are tosh and nonsense (such as the eight qualities of a wealthy woman) I was grateful I read it because it made me consider how I relate to the idea of being a woman and having power ...more
Dhara Mehta
Suze Orman’s Women and Money was a book club selection. I learned a lot about personal finance and female psychology. She states that eight attributes of a wealthy woman are: harmony, balance, courage, generosity, happiness, wisdom, cleanliness, and beauty. Each of these characteristics is described succinctly. Women, in today’s world are expected to financially savvy, domestic divas and breadwinners at the same time. This guides you though bewildering world of finance. I learned: the difference ...more
Jun 15, 2009 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Debbie, Jenny, Mom, Vern
Recommended to Amanda by: Jennifer T.
I do think that this book or something like it should be required for high school graduates. Especially for those of us whose parents didn't have money... Where are we (especially women) supposed to learn this stuff? I really liked that she refers readers to her website where you can answer specific questions and get a personalized action plan. I do love lists!

Some of the things I had a handle on such as keeping accurate records and paying off dept but she helped me see the importance of saving
I'm still only about halfway through the book, and while I think it has some good points, I'm finding that even though the book is only 2 years old, it's already outdated. I'm kind of laughing at the part about savings accounts. 5% APR??? Yeah, right. I'm with INGdirect, and I'm only getting 1.20% and right now that's one of the best out there. Hopefully in time things will rebound and it will be re-dated (is that a word??) but for now, not so much.
The other problem I have with Suze (and I had t
Sabrina Robinson
Gives a simple, one-step-a-month plan for women to get in control of their money. Anyone who likes a little bit of Judge Judy-like attitude will appreciate the way she tells it straight. I don't agree with all of her steps, but anyone who follows here plan will at the very least be in control of their money - they will know where it is and what it is doing, which is a lot more than many of us can say. I definitely preferred Dave Ramsey's [title: Financial Peace Revisited] but both are good reads ...more
Angelic Zaizai

AKhirnya beres juga, setelah lama cuma dibaca sedikit demi sedikit..
Karena suka nonton acaranya Suze di CNBC yang sabtu tengah malem itu, makanya tertarik baca bukunya
oh well, lebih suka nonton acaranya daripada baca bukunya hahaha
paling senang sama section "Can't I Afford It?"

di buku ini sebagian tipsnya bisa dipakai di indonesia
seperti punya dana cadangan, atau teknik memakai kartu kredit yang baik dan benar
tapi sebagian lagi, gw ga tau gimana implementasinya di indonesia
seperti soal dana pens
Laura Hughes
After reading Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money, it seemed natural to follow up with Suze Orman's take on the subject. Orman and Levinson agree on many of the same facts--that lingering cultural biases and a lack of female financial role models in previous generations mean that women's financial literacy has not kept up with their enormous strides in the workplace--but they take complete opposite approaches to discussing the problem. Where Levinson ...more
I'm a Suze Orman fan, but I'd recommend this book to anyone for its fluid, conversational style and smart, tangible advice. In fact, if you don't like her show but want some easy-to-follow financial advice, I'd say that's even more of a reason to pick up one of her books.

My friend lent me this one, which focuses on women. Some of the difficulties most women face don't seem to apply to me. I am not charged with taking care of elderly parents or a family. I'm not afraid to negotiate a pay increase
Amber Karnes
Aug 25, 2008 Amber Karnes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every woman, DIYers, anyone who's clueless about money
Shelves: money, women
I bought this book because I'm tired of being so smart and so good at so many things, but not knowing anything about money. I decided it was time to teach myself and I thought this would be a good place to start.

I read the whole book although I think if you wanted to get it and skip the "why women are bad with/scared of money" bit at the beginning, the practical part is the most important anyway.

I have taken lots of the steps she recommended, and got myself checking and savings accounts with hig
Oswego Public Library District
Suze Orman’s Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Own Destiny is an optimistic, how-to book that will help people better understand their personal finances. With examples from her experiences in college and her early career, Orman outlines a five month plan and action steps that are entertaining, informative, and well-researched. Written specifically for women, this book tackles thought-provoking issues and presents useful information for women of any age and marital status. Orman ...more
This (audio) book was great. Sometimes I find Suze Orman a little annoying, but she wasn't bad on this (especially since she was the narrator). The first two parts of the book (bank accounts and credit cards) didn't really provide me with anything I didn't already know, although it was good for motivation - must pay off credit cards! The retirement and estate planning sections were awesome. She had very clear instructions for what you should do based on your income and family situation (whether ...more
I liked this one ok. I don't think that - were we to meet in real life - Suze and I would be friends. Definitely some great information about how to take care of your money. And I will also admit that this could have been all about Girl Power! but it wasn't (much). Even though it's about 7 years old at this point, still helpful. I don't know that I'm going to fully commit to her plan, but there are parts of it that I'm going to pursue.
It applies to everyone - not just women, but I understand how she wanted to target the female audience to try to get more women involved in the family finances. Some of the information is outdated, since it was written before the huge bank bailouts and housing bubble collapse in 2008. Some of the information offered is inaccurate since legislation has changed a lot for credit cards, mortgages, and other things. The first few chapters are her usual touchy-feely chapters to attempt to have you dig ...more
Eveline Chao
I'm still wading through the boring beginning rah-rah chapters (though I acknowledge that they are highly necessary as they are spent driving home the important point that women don't ever manage their own finances, or even know anything about the money sitch in their household, for various traditional-role-of-women-in-society reasons, and need to get a grip and learn about money) but can say that the Suze-ster has a highly likable voice.
Okay I'm done with this book. Not much to say. Most of i
Marisa Ikstrums
Definitely one of the better personal finance books that I've read. If you're still heavily in debt and need a plan to get out of it you'll want something else to supplement it (like Dave Ramsay's "Total Money Makeover"), but this book walks you through all aspects of your finances. Even better - it does it with a special focus on women (hence the title), and includes discussion about the emotional issues women tend to have concerning finances and the special circumstances they end up in (e.g. a ...more
I'm a Suze fan...I watch her show and visit her website frequently. I depending on who you are and what your situation is, Suze has different books that are more appropriate. Case in point, this book was good, but Young, Broke and Fabulous was better for me and has proved to be a better resource. Suze theme in this one is simple: women often don't pay attention, care or get educated about their finances and need to. I didn't learn anything that I hadn't already from Suze, but I did register for ...more
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Suze Orman (born Susan Lynn Orman) is an American financial advisor, writer, and television personality.
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