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Patricia Smith
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  1. What led you to write this book?

    I have been in the workforce over 30 years, working in both traditionally female, and traditionally male positions. I have also followed the women's movement closely during that time and have read what many authors have to say. For the past 22 years, I have been in business-to-business sales, so I have had exposure to many more companies than those for which I worked. The women's movement is only impacting part of the female work force. In all organizations, the same patterns exist. Most women are clustered into predominately female, staff positions. They are promoted, but remain in "female job tracks." Men and women who follow "male" career paths earn significantly more. Women are separated into two classifications, by themselves and others. What I call "career women" follow male career paths, other women (the majority of us) follow female career paths. The reasons for this are varied and complex, but fairly simple to rectify with a little awareness. I wrote this book simply because I was so frustrated. Individual women believe they don't "qualify" for high-paying positions, or they don't want them. Authors who see things clearly have clarified things for me. I hope to clarify the reasons we hold ourselves back, and what we can do about it. Small adjustments can make enormous changes.

  2. What do you feel to be the biggest challenge facing women today when handling their finances?

    1. Women's tendency to mistrust their own judgement
    2. Women's tendency to do what we are told.

    Investment "advisors" are coming out of the woodwork. Money can be lost very, very easily. While women are generally conservative investors, they need to be very careful who they listen to.

  3. How has the atmosphere changed for women investors in the last 10 years?

    The atmosphere has changed for women just as it has for men. Individual investors have tremendous amounts of information at their fingertips. They can execute trades themselves, without a broker or advisor. This is a phenomenal amount of power and responsibility.

  4. How will the atmosphere change for women investors in the next 10 years?

    I don't see the investment community remaining as it is. I can pay $10 to sell 1,000 shares, or I can pay $250 to sell the same shares. Many people will have to find a new way to make a living. The heaviest investors have traditionally been senior citizens. As baby boomers enter this stage, they won't invest the same way. More people will make their own decisions than now.

  5. Where did you start your career and how did it lead you to where you are today?

    I started my career as a Home Economics teacher, which is a fairly female profession. After 5 years of that, I moved into the business world, in corporate sales. For the past 9 years, I have owned an advertising agency, specializing in business-to-business sales. Like most people, I have changed jobs a few times and followed different paths. Not everything led to where I am. I urge women to take control of their own careers, rather than let someone else decide what they should do. On the other hand, women tend to plot, plan, and hesitate, rather than charge into a job. We need to be better at moving forward, even when the outcome is unknown. If we make a mistake, so what?

  6. How much money do you need to start investing?

    Because commission (for both the buy and the sell) eats up part of the investment, it must be considered. Since commission rates are so low for do-it-yourself investing, you could start with as little as $100. Peter Lynch recommends that you use money you can live without for about 5 years. (I think that's accurate.) Too many women wait until they have money they don't mind losing. None of us has any money we don't mind losing.

  7. How should a woman get started investing with no investment experience?

    I recommend Peter Lynch's first book One Up on Wall Street. I do not recommend listening to the cold calls from brokers.

  8. If a woman has debt, at what point should she become an investor?

    Debt is a very serious problem in this country, I believe. Debt for real estate is different than credit card debt. If a women can't get through the month without increasing her debt, she should concentrate on solving that problem first.

  9. Have you published any other books before this one? If so, what are they?

    This is the only book I have written. I'm a businesswomen who has a message, not an author looking for a topic. I had an excellent editor, which made a big difference.

  10. What are your future book writing plans?


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