So Money - Episode 1083

Lacy Garcia

Founder, Willow

The pandemic has disproportionately impacted women in this country in terms of unemployment, stress and family care. Guest Lacy Garcia, founder of financial startup Willow, discusses the challenges and the long-term impact of the toll.

Willow’s mission is

Women face a unique set of challenges when it comes to navigating life events and transitions such as divorce, loss of a spouse, career changes, family planning and finances and retirement – particularly in the new reality we find ourselves today. Women have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, the unemployment rate for women was lower than for men. Now, it is the opposite. Women are bearing more of the burden when it comes to childcare, homeschooling and taking care of aging parents. More women’s longer-term career prospects are at risk as they are having to either leave or remain out of the workforce for longer. It is no surprise that the financial stress combined with quarantine is pushing many marriages to a breaking point and an increase in divorces is expected.

Lacy Garcia is the daughter of a Cuban refugee who says her money mindset was shaped early on. She combined her work in education and financial services to launch the virtual fintech company Willow and financially empower women throughout their life journeys including divorce, retirement and more.

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