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Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  2,957 Ratings  ·  460 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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ebook, 288 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Spiegel & Grau (first published November 17th 2005)
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Melissa
Dec 26, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biz-money-econ
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
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Jessica
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
Kristen
Nov 12, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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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
Rhonda
Apr 04, 2017 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
highly recommend! !!! This gives lots of information and advice for putting your financial affairs in order. My mom loves using getting your ducks in a row as an analog. . and this gives you a list of things to consider doing and reasons its important. I try to be prepared for things that could go wrong .. but this opened my eyes to areas I hadn't considered. and im shocked how many of my adult friends ... have no will.???
Brekke
Jul 18, 2016 Brekke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars.
A great book for women who have no clue abut finances and want to take charge. While this is definitely geared toward women in their 40s (and up) who are wives/mothers, I still benefited greatly from Suze Orman's great no-nonense advice. She lays out a 5 month plan for getting out of debt and beginning to save and she breaks down finance concepts that were foreign to this humanities major in clear language. Basically, if you're f the female persuasion and you feel anxious about money, th
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Nina
Jul 05, 2007 Nina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Della S.white
Oct 10, 2011 Della S.white rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amanda
Aug 29, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Melanie
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
Katie
Jul 02, 2011 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Deb
Feb 23, 2012 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*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
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Grace Villard
Jan 14, 2008 Grace Villard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tiffany
Lots of great info clearly presented. The tone of the book could be described as...emphatic. Also, in moments, annoyingly though unintentionally condescending??? There was a lot in the book that didn't apply to me, but I still learned a ton. Worth a read, and I might reference it in the future.

I believe in her message and the intention behind the book, but sometimes I felt like I was getting lectured by my mom. Perhaps it was like this because I listened to the audiobook instead of reading.

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Erin
Good simple advice to ensure you have a good financial plan in place.
Carmen
Jul 24, 2017 Carmen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't recommend the audio book version - it's read by the author and she's very shouty. Some of the information is interesting, some of the advice is completely delusional for any income bracket that borrows books from a library, and some info is out-dated since this was published in 2007. In addition, I found it preachy, judgemental and repetitive. The best part was the introduction where she talked about living in a van and suing her employer.
Tina S.
Jul 10, 2017 Tina S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written but like most financial books its all about American investing and saving and how the US structure is set up. Gleaned what I could out of the book and passed it on.
April
Jul 16, 2017 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is all about empowering women and gives you the tools to take control of your finances. It left me feeling optimistic and hopeful to say the least
Laura Hughes
Sep 03, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: money
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
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
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A'mee
Feb 11, 2010 A'mee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marci Z
Suze spent six years as a waitress when she decided she wanted to own her own restaurant. Some of her regular customers pulled together and raised her 50K. Her customer told her to open a money market account at Merrill Lynch until she had enough money to open her restaurant. The broker there convinced her to try more speculative stocks and soon she lost all her money. However, she started watching Wall Street Week, and reading up on stocks and money. So she decided she could be a broker and wen ...more
Alberto Lopez
Interesting.
PlatKat
Aug 27, 2010 PlatKat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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
Amanda
Mar 25, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Ginny Dodge
Apr 22, 2015 Ginny Dodge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cari
Mar 05, 2015 Cari rated it it was ok  ·  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
Jackie
Dec 11, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
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
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