Women’s Economic Empowerment
as it Correlates to Abuse
Rather than being titled, Women’s Economic Empowerment as it Correlates to Abuse, this post could have just as easily and accurately been entitled, “Abuse of Women & Children as it Correlates to Economics.” Either way, there is an undeniable correlation between women who are abused and their perceived wealth threshold for earning money. And that’s not to say that only the disenfranchised are abused….
Many of you know that I was employed with the Department of Human Services in the USA for about eleven years. I was a counselor for impoverished, at-risk women, going door to door, several times each month, most often in dangerous neighborhoods, to invite women to attend a self-sufficiency group which I co-facilitated with my late mentor, Dr. Mack Gift. The group experience was designed to empower clients to higher levels of self-esteem, and help them raise their standards of living by focusing on each individual at the point she was at in all areas of her life. In addition to the group experience, each client received one-on-one counseling for goal setting and achieving.
My job also included supervision of graduate student interns from the nearby university school of social work. Social ills were rampant learning tools of the internship placement, and provided an immersion like no other, into the societal underbelly.
For too many years, while in this position, I witnessed women being physically, psychologically, and/or emotionally abused, stalked, held against their wishes, tortured, and even killed by lovers/husbands/partners, all in the name of love.
For over a decade, I tirelessly rescued battered woman and their victimized children, taking them at great personal risk to both them and to myself, to safe houses. Within only days of being “rescued,” over half of these women would return to the source of abuse….
So let’s talk about money.
After eleven years with the Department of Social Services, I resigned. Politics and burnout were at the wheel of that decision, yet my desire to empower women was and still is the force behind almost everything I’ve done over the decades since resigning. That striving to empower women is my calling, regardless of how and where it takes form.
If we take into consideration the full breadth of my experience as a counselor-coach-consultant for more than three decades, my clientele covers a broad range –a spectrum from early adolescent pregnant pre-teens incapable of creating any finances, through high-end wealthy Hollywood celebrities, and some who have misguidedly entrusted their money to others.
My mother taught me the importance of “mad money.” That’s money to get you thru times when you are mad, or when you’re going to go mad, according to my mother’s wisdom. Maybe more accurately, it would have been called “escape money,” because that’s certainly the key that allows a woman to leave.
I learned early on, that money equates to choices. Without it, choices are limited. With it, money is a liberator, a voice with which to vote, a means to support whatever cause matters, to live as one decides. Money is a great tool. And unquestionably, money empowers.
However, the odds of a successful clean palate rise in proportion as the socio-economic level rises. In other words, when a woman has her own source of income, and she is not dependent on another to take care of her basic needs, she is more likely to leave an abusive situation and remain free of it, than is a woman who sees herself as a victim, incapable of supporting herself or her offspring.
It’s not news that poverty breeds social ills such as addiction, abuse, illiteracy, and unrestrained/misdirected anger. What may be newsworthy, is that young women are in need of life skills that actually prepare them for life, especially from a monetary perspective.
It is with this universal call to make a difference in mind, that I have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Infinite Pie: From Finance to Romance, the Parallel Feminine Frequency of Money & Love, to a cause which is near and dear to my heart, and that is, to the economic empowerment of women.
Please do share this post with anyone who may be interested in helping us make a difference to the lives of women and their children. It’s the least we can do. And many of us like to do the ‘least we can do’. It’s a simple place to start. When we empower women to up-level the standard of being, we empower the planet.
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