I think I might be a gold digger, but not in the way you'd imagine. My boyfriend isn't 40 years older than me, and he isn't a millionaire, but I value financial security in a partner.
It's something I've always actively searched for and considered necessary. Why? Because men earn more than women, and I'm aware that getting financially ahead as a woman is a bloody hard slog!
According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, women typically earn $25,000 a year less than men. According to Australian Super - to break it down further - on average, women earn $241 less a week than men and retire with 42 per cent less superannuation.
Basically, it still pays to be a man. Yet we still judge women for trying to obtain financial security through romantic relationships.
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Now, I should stress that I think it's very important for women to have their own careers and make sure they have a skill that means they can always support themselves.
You never want to be entirely financially dependent on a man, at least not if you can help it. I think it's important to know you could leave any relationship and be able to provide for yourself just fine.
I am also happy to be part of a team that works towards securing financial stability, I’d even be prepared be the primary earner but unfortunately, according to the stats, as a woman, I’m way more likely to earn less.