Even Famous Women

The Honorable (former) Governor of Texas, Ann Richards told  me[i] that she, too was concerned about her future finances after she lost her bid for re-election.  She joked if she

“did not do something quick, she was afraid she would have to park a trailer in her daughter’s driveway, and run an electrical extension cord running in through  her daughter’s  living room window, so she would have some power.”

 At the same time, she did not believe in perfection. Instead, she talked about bouncing back.  I would suggest you think about this if you make some mistakes with your money. Here is a great quote.

“I believe in recovery, and I believe that as a role model I have the responsibility to let young people know that you can make a mistake and come back from it.”



[i] I met Ann Richards at a lunch at Brandeis University when I was a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. She accepted the post as Visiting Scholar (as I remember). When I told her about my concern about women and their finances, she said I was on the right track and offered her “fears” about her future. I quoted her from memory.


Ann Richards was a woman who celebrated the strength of women, and their abilities, also through a very famous joke. She said women can do anything that men can do, even amid obstacles. Her proof- Ginger Rogers was just as good a dancer as Fred Astaire. She  just did it backwards and in high heels.