My mom always emphasized an importance to be financially independent because so many women get stuck in abusive or unhappy relationships when they depend on money from the man. She told me to make sure I always had some sort of trade so if I ever did want to get out of a situation, I’d be able to. I think she experienced it firsthand. She worked part-time when I was growing up, but mostly she agreed with my father to be a stay-at-home mom, and when they got divorced years later, she had to go into the workforce as a 50-year-old woman with no real work experience besides singing. I think it was really difficult for her, emotionally too. She did find work because she has a really strong network, but it hasn’t been a simple thing by any means. Even before she actually had to go through any of this, she still shared this mentality with me, just because she always knew the risk.
Submitted by Anonymous, Edited by Arianne Keegan