Women who strive to make it to the top of the corporate ladder no longer need to worry about men finding them less attractive. The days of the simpering "women in need" getting all the guys are over.
"The idea of men being intimidated by a financially independent woman no longer holds true," said Sherri Brown, managing partner of Cali Pearl Corp.
She notes that according to Allianz Life Insurance Company of America's Women, Money and Power study, more than 90 percent of men think women with good jobs and financial management skills are sexy. "Only 4 percent of the men surveyed did not agree that financially independent women were attractive," she said.
Brown finds this to be true from her own experiences giving financial counseling, mostly to women but also to couples. She says her male clients have confided that they love economically self-sufficient women. "When a male client told me what initially attracted him to his wife, he not only called her beautiful but also mentioned her great job, nice car and that she had her own place. He was turned on by her ability to take care of herself," Brown said.
Another male client sent her an e-mail with the following comment, "Successful men are attracted to women that are smart, strong and are aggressively seeking to be financially independent."
Unfortunately, Brown has found that many women neglect to acquire monetary acumen until a crisis such as a divorce. "Women are not taking responsibility for their financial lives with the same gusto with which they take care of everything else in their lives," she said.
Brown adds that when she works with married couples, "the men are often the only ones to show up for a financial planning meeting. It's a shame that many women end up living in poverty after divorce, causing pain and suffering for themselves and for any kids they may have."
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