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The Color of Money: Michelle Singletary on women with a wealthy attitude

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By Michelle Singletary
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 28, 2010

A PURSE OF YOUR OWN

An Easy Guide to Financial Security

By Deborah Owens with Brenda Lane Richardson. Fireside. $15

Except for the occasional special coin or the Martha Washington $1 silver certificate, I always wondered why the face of a woman isn't part of U.S. currency.

Then I saw this quote from Ivy Baker Priest, a former U.S. treasurer: "Why should we mind if men have their faces on the money, as long as we get our hands on it?"

How true.

So for March, in honor of Women's History Month, I've selected four financial books written by four dynamic women for the Color of Money Book Club.

Here are the books and why I've selected them.

'A Purse of Your Own'

I simply love using a purse as a metaphor for wealth. "More than anything, the purse represents our private financial identity," Deborah Owens writes in "A Purse of Your Own." "At the end of the day, creating wealth is about adding to the purse."

Owens covers much of what you should find in this type of book. She talks about investing, saving and spending less. But she does it with a conversational tone. She's the smart sister you might wish you had and could go to for financial advice. Owens is a 20-year veteran of the financial services industry, the chief executive of Owens Media Group and the host of "Wealthy Lifestyle Radio," a personal finance talk show that airs on National Public Radio's affiliate WEAA 88.9 FM in Baltimore.

'Live It, Love It, Earn It'

Marianna Olszewski is the founder and chief executive of Madison Financial Management, a broker-dealer and hedge fund marketing company.

Her book, "Live It, Love It, Earn It: A Woman's Guide to Financial Freedom," is part motivational, part personal finance, and Olszewski seeks to first inspire before she walks you down the path to prosperity.


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