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It's Time We Stop Talking About HENRY

As a financial advisor, I'm familiar with the term HENRY—High Earner, Not Rich Yet. Coined to describe those with substantial incomes but lacking significant wealth, it's been a staple in the financial services industry for quite some time.

During a conversation with my partner, she rightly pointed out the gendered nature of HENRY, reflecting a traditional male name. This was a pointed reminder of a glaring issue that plagues our industry: the lack of inclusivity in the language we use when talking about wealth and personal finance. It's time to retire HENRY and adopt more inclusive terms that resonate with everyone.

Here are seven female-oriented alternatives to HENRY:

  1. JASMINE (Journeying Achiever, Strategically Managing Investments, Notably Empowered)
  2. LUCIA (Living Uncommonly Comfortable, Invested, Achieving)
  3. CARMEN (Confidently Accumulating Resources, Managing Earnings Nimbly)
  4. AMAYA (Accumulating Wealth, Managing Assets, Yielding Abundantly)
  5. YASMINA (Yearning for Financial Independence, Accumulating Resources, Strategically Investing, Navigating Assets)
  6. MARISOL (Mastering Assets, Richly Investing, Strategically Outpacing Liabilities)
  7. NIA (Navigating Investments Astutely, Accumulating Abundantly)

Why does the language we use matter so much? 

The answer lies in the power of representation and inclusivity.

Firstly, using gender-neutral or female-oriented terms acknowledges the diverse experiences and achievements of all individuals. In today's world, women are increasingly taking charge of their finances, building careers, and accumulating wealth. Failing to recognize this reality perpetuates outdated stereotypes and excludes a significant portion of our population from financial conversations.

Secondly, language shapes perceptions and behaviors. When we continue to use male-centric terms like HENRY, we reinforce the notion that financial success is primarily a male domain. This can have detrimental effects on women's confidence and participation in managing their finances. By adopting inclusive language, we create a more welcoming environment where everyone feels empowered to engage with their financial goals.

Furthermore, using gender-neutral or female-oriented terms fosters a more equitable and respectful discourse. It sends a clear message that financial success knows no gender boundaries and that everyone deserves equal opportunities to thrive financially.

If we are committed to changing the game, it's time we stop talking about HENRY and start using language that reflects the diversity of our society. By embracing inclusive terminology, we not only recognize the achievements of women in finance but also pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable financial future for all. Let's ditch the outdated terms and embrace a language that truly reflects the reality of modern wealth!