Women often have unique financial needs, according to Barb Wollan, ISU Extension Family Resource Management 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."
Pat Swanson and Cynthia Fletcher, Iowa State University instructor and professor, respectively, will be conducting a Web-based or by-mail course, Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women, beginning Monday, Feb. 9.
"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.
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 February 9th to March 13th.
For either the Web-based or by-mail course send a check for $75 payable to Iowa State University, along with your name, address and email address, to Ellen Minnihan (515-294-6568) at 68 LeBaron Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011. A registration brochure with more information is available at www.extension.iastate.edu/finances/personal/ or at the Hamilton County ISU Extension Office.