AMES, Iowa – Women often have unique financial needs, according to Pat Swanson, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension families specialist. “Eighty-five percent of women will be on their own financially at some time. Some never marry, some marry later in life, some divorce and some outlive their husbands. And of the elderly poor in America, more than 70 percent are women,” Swanson says.
Swanson, along with Cynthia Needles Fletcher, ISU professor and extension families specialist, will be conducting a Web-based or by-mail course, Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women, beginning Oct 15. “You will learn smart money skills and work through action steps to become a more informed manager of your money,” Swanson says. The goal of the course is to educate and empower women to take control of their financial lives.
One participant of a recent offering of the course said, “I wish I would have had this material twenty years ago. I plan to track my spending now and find some additional money to save or invest.”
The five course modules will cover financial basics, insurance, investing, retirement planning and planning for life events. ISU Extension education programs do not promote any product or company. These distance education courses will run from Oct. 15 to Nov. 16.
The cost of $75 includes the 190-page Money Talk workbook. Call any ISU Extension county office or Ellen Minnihan, (515) 294-6568, to pre-register before Oct. 1. Send a check payable to Iowa State University, along with your name, address and e-mail address, to Minnihan at 68 LeBaron Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011. The registration form also is available at www.extension.iastate.edu/finances/personal/.