The Book

Legal Tender: Women & The Secret Life of Money, by Christian McEwen was finally published in spring 2019.

 

You can buy the book on her author site.

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“If money talks, it is with our voice,” writes Lynne Twist. Christian McEwen has been listening to women tell their money stories for more than a decade. This book is the fruit of more than 50 of her interviews. Lively and surprising, with a focus on childhood memories, adult challenges,  the joys of generosity and abundance, and the inequities of  race and class and gender, it has been edited and arranged by McEwen herself.

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“Money is something we invented to facilitate the transfer of goods and services when bartering became difficult to manage. Since then, we have imbued money with all sorts of power and meanings that were never intended, and wrapped it in multiple layers of secrecy and shame. Christian’s book, Legal Tender, helps demystify and disentangle money from its shroud of confusion and mystery. Reading these stories is a healing process, and an invitation to consider how we would tell our own money stories.”

                                                                             —Megan LeBoutillier, PhD

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“Anyone who reads these stories will find in them aspects their own reality —a gentle path to reckoning with one’s own money story. The portable design makes this an ideal pocketbook to access what’s really in one’s pocketbook.”

              —John Bloom, Vice-president, Organizational Culture, RSF Social Finance

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