The short answer would be “to have more money and all the benefits that financial independence can bring to them,” but this discussion deserves more attention as it has historical roots. For one thing, women may be less inclined to invest in something that is not part of their daily lives. Perhaps, for this reason, only 26% of women invest in the stock market in North America, even though 69% believe they are in charge of their financial well-being. 1
Throughout most of history, women were regarded as the property of the family or community.2 Properties are associated with expenses, which may explain why most financial education for women has focused on reducing costs, rather than increasing assets and allocating resources. Just a couple of examples from a quick online search: don't buy extra food, cook what you have in the house, add two drops of saline solution into your mascara before using it. 3
In our current era, society finally sees women as individuals, enjoying economic and legal rights independently of their family and community. The women’s liberation movement has focused on setting women's bodies free as a way to enhance their autonomy.