The hashtag for this year’s International Women’s Day was #PressforProgress: progress on closing the wage gap, ending sexual harassment and achieving gender parity in business, in government, and everywhere else that men’s and women’s lives intersect. This annual celebration is designed to recognize the accomplishments of women (and they are many), but also to call attention to the progress that still needs to be made.
Movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and #GirlsWhoCode have gained great visibility this year. Beneath all the headlines and the hashtags are women pursuing their careers, raising their families, and taking control of their finances. They recognize that with financial knowledge comes power—and the freedom to walk away from jobs that don’t pay well and colleagues who harass them; the freedom to invest in companies and candidates that support gender equality.
Women face some unique financial challenges as a result of the wage gap and the fact that they tend to live longer than men and often take years off from work to care for family. Test your knowledge of those challenges by reviewing the questions and answers in the slide show below.