I hope to see pay equity in my lifetime, for all the women who continue the hard fight for it. It took 30 years for all the working women of my generation to move the pay equity needle from 69 cents to 81 cents. THIRTY YEARS, of working long hours, being perfectly prepared for every meeting, receiving promotions every 1 ½ years, and yes, even negotiating raises and bonuses. THIRTY YEARS for all the women who raised children and worked full time, running out at 5 pm facing scorn from their male counterparts, then working 2 hours after they cooked dinner and put the kids to bed. But Pay Equity still won’t achieve equality, and here’s why.
“No surprises” is the mantra I highly recommend for any two people wanting to buy a home together. It may be your next home after outgrowing the one you’re in. It might be your first home now that you’re newly married. Maybe you’re just trying out this couple thing and are willing to share an asset. Regardless, when it comes to getting a mortgage, here are 4 things that even married couples are sometimes surprised about – when it’s almost too late.
“I wish I discussed finances before I got married last time.” Sound familiar?
Did you know past statistics have shown that in the U.S. approximately 50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second, and 73% of third marriages end in divorce?* Not surprisingly, a major cause of divorce in marriages is money. *
You’ve found that special someone (again) but, you’re still trying to figure out how you talk about the “M” word without ruining the romance. You know it's smart to work together, but where do you start? Building a solid foundation of communication and partnership around managing your money is crucial to lifelong intimacy, trust, and success in a marriage.