Money Talks: An Advice Column for Women in the Workplace

Dear Money Talks,

I work in a small department of a large university. I started there as a graduate assistant, and over three years I have worked my way up to a full-time staff member in a position I essentially created for myself. I really like the job and my coworkers, I get great benefits, and I am not eager to leave this workplace except for, of course, the salary.

Making the Best of What I’ve Got

In 2012, I learned a lot more about value than I did about money—the value of my family, the value of friendship, and the value of making the best of what you’ve got.

Why I Donated to a Political Action Committee

Not too long ago, I found myself plunking down a good amount of cash—roughly what I spend on groceries for a month—to attend a political fundraiser. At first I felt almost dirty considering it, but in the end, I decided to do it because it was a cause that is important to me. Being a young journalist, I don’t make a ton of money, especially not when Manhattan rent is factored in. But I stretched myself thin to support a cause that I care about.