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A young female blogger says a common complaint about the world of finance is that it's dominated by older men, particularly in the banking and brokerage worlds. "This lack of perspective can make us younger, female investors feel left out and awkward about getting serious about our money," she writes.

I like her solution. In a recent post on her blog, she lists a few of her favourite female finance bloggers. Here are some of the topics these bloggers have written about lately: How to live in an unaffordable city, how to budget for a new home, your brunch habit, how much people spend on wedding presents and the benefits of job hopping versus being loyal to an employer. These are all fresh, relevant topics that you don't see the old dudes talking much about.

Here are a few more female personal finance voices you should check out:
- Cait Flanders
- Give me back my five bucks
- Golden Girl Finance
- Squawkfox

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