At the heart of a movement to improve financial literacy for women is the simple feminist agenda of directing one’s own destiny, said UC Santa Cruz alumna Sherry Paul, a philosophy major and social justice activist who took an unexpected turn onto Wall Street and found her calling.
“Financial self-care is a radical act,” Paul said.
Paul (Cowell, ’91) reflects on her undergraduate days when she used to sneak into the crowded classroom of then-Women’s Studies professor Bettina Aptheker and hear her teach, the personal is political and the political is personal. (Aptheker is UC presidential co-chair of Feminist Critical Race & Ethnic Studies in the Feminist Studies Department.)
“In my opinion, every major civil rights movement has been moved forward through some money-related action,” Paul said.