Interview with Stephanie Downey -- Leader and Founder of the Duke Chapter of Smart Woman Securities
1. Tell us about yourself
Growing up with a single mother, I learned early on the importance of financial independence. I truly believe that every woman must have the ability to manage her own funds, not only for herself, but for her children. Mainly, access to money allows women the ability to leave unkind partners, protect themselves and their children legally, and open doors to better lives through education.
This idea stayed with me as I grew older, motivating me to do my best in school. Today, as a student at Duke University, I am pursuing a major in economics, a certificate in markets and management, and a minor in history (with a concentration in economic history).
One day during the fall semester of 2010, I stumbled upon a great opportunity to teach other female undergraduates basic financial literacy: Smart Woman Securities (SWS).