Sarah Ruef-Lindquist will explore the financial challenges facing women at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on May 9. PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH RUEF-LINDQUIST

Financial planning for women talk offered

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, financial advisor with Allen Insurance and Financial, will be at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, May 9, from 3-5 p.m. to explore the financial issues and challenges women face: earning less than men, taking time from the workforce to raise their families, outliving their spouses.

Ruef-Lindquist also will share suggestions for how to anticipate and address these issues as they arise and how to maintain stability and independence for life.

Early in American history, women were not allowed to vote. In many cases, they also were not allowed to legally sign a contract or own property. Less than 200 years ago, women were in a position of absolute economic dependence. Today, there is unprecedented wealth among women; Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest people in the country. To be independent economically, women need to understand and often anticipate issues that may confront them at any time during their lives: paying for college, raising a family and creating a secure retirement.

Ruef-Lindquist joined Allen Financial Group in 2016. Her prior experience includes serving the Maine Women’s Fund as CEO, consulting with a myriad of nonprofit organizations to build fiscal efficiencies, including College of the Atlantic and the MDI Biological Laboratory. She was vice president for Southern Maine at the Maine Community Foundation, where she served as a philanthropic advisor to donors and as liaison with the professional advisor community. She is past president of the Maine Justice Foundation, former trustee of the Abbe Museum and currently a trustee of Unity College, the Maine Planned Giving Council and an appointed commissioner on the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Maine.

This program is free, but preregistration is appreciated. Call the library at 244-7065.

The views expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of Southwest Harbor Public Library.

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