Sarah Li Cain – Content creator and podcaster – #financialfeminist

Ms ZiYou Lets meet financial feministsIt’s Friday, so time for Let’s meet Financial Feminists. This week I have the pleasure of introducing Sarah Li Cain from Beyond the Dollar.

Sarah is a freelance writer and content creator who also podcasts and blogs at Beyond the Dollar. I love how Sarah has open conversations and covers such a wide range of topics.

Handing over to Sarah

I’m Sarah Li Cain, writer and co-host at Beyond the Dollar. It’s a podcast where my co-host and I am to have deep and honest conversations on how money affects our well-being. We cover a wide range of topics that relate to life – divorce, marriage, loving your job and even understanding your money patterns.

What sort of finance blog or podcast do you write?

Our podcast is about how money affects all areas of our lives. I also blog on the Beyond The Dollar website about practical steps on how to feel better about your finances.

How would you describe your current stage of life?

I’m about less than 10 years to FI status, which is pretty exciting. I have a career I love, my family is healthy, what more can I ask for?

What are your personal values?

Autonomy is really big for me – if I didn’t maintain my sense of identity outside of being a wife and a mother I would have surely gone crazy!

Creativity – I geek out on take spreadsheets and research data and writing interesting stories about money. That means writing reported pieces for different publications and interviewing amazing people on our podcast.

What are your dreams and plans for the future?

My secret dream is to help my husband transition into a location independent career so we’re not tied to one place.

Feminism & Society

What is your brand of feminism?

I just learned this term: ecofeminism. I find myself leaning towards it because it’s true – the patriarchy exploits resources and it has the potential to ruin society and the physical earth as a whole.

For me, I want to be able to help by highlighting issues that affect us all – men or women. I’m not particularly outspoken on a lot of political issues, but I am outspoken when people don’t a crap about what they consume and embracing a throwaway culture. I’m certainly not perfect, but I do try my best to be mindful in how I consume resources

Is the patriarchy real?

Yes, absolutely! I also find there varying degrees if that makes sense. When I lived in Asia it was so much more severe than in the U.S. in many respects. For example, divorce is still in many ways like what it was in the 50s – women are hurt financially unless they come from a rich family. Their children are also shunned. It’s so sad.

The importance of intersectionality – discuss

The world is complex – and so are its citizens. So it’s important to have as many voices as possible because it’s important to have conversations about how the patriarchy can affect us on so many different levels. Take me for example – as an Asian living in the U.S. I’ll be affected differently compared to someone who is Asian living in the U.S. whose first language isn’t English.

Plus, the more we talk about our stories, the more we can cultivate empathy in the world, which I firmly believe will change the world. Think about it – the more we can get people to truly understand what we’re all going through and see each other as real human beings, wouldn’t that make some pretty powerful changes?

How do you feel about privilege

It bothers me sometimes that people use privilege as an excuse for why certain things are not happening in their lives. On the other hand, I know that some have more advantages than others. In many ways I have a lot of privilege, and in many ways I’m hindered because of my gender, race and citizenship status. I try my best to use my privilege to help others to see what’s possible if that makes sense.

What is the role of men in feminism?

I feel like feminism is really misunderstood among most men (generalizing here). It’s not about having things be better for females, it’s about it being better for all of society. I would love to see other males help educate each other on what feminism really is about, maybe even go so far as coin a new term for it that feels more inclusive.

Do you consider yourself an activist?

Yes, in the sense that I try to be a badass in all areas of my life so that other females can see what’s possible. I’m a WAHM mom, a minority and an immigrant and broke the six figure mark this year in my business in an industry that can be very male dominated. It can be done!


How do you get your news?

I read a lot of news on the web from both liberal and conservative sources so I get views/opinions on both sides.

What are your thoughts on the mainstream media?

Don’t get me started, ha! I try to avoid it as much as possible because a lot of it is fear mongering and spread hate on all accounts. At the same time, I don’t want to avoid it because I feel like it’s my responsibility to break as many taboos and stereotypes as possible with my work.

Is talking about money feminist?

Depends on who you talk to 😉

Parting Words

What is one awesome thing in your life now?

I have my health 🙂 That and a super flexible career so I can work anywhere in the world.

How can people connect with you?

Ms ZiYou Back here

Thanks for contributing Sarah – I loved how autonomy is top value for you. And I think I need to learn more about ecofeminism – thanks for introducing me to it.

If you identify as a feminist – female or male – and would like to be featured on Let’s meet Financial Feminists – please get in contact.

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3 comments on “Sarah Li Cain – Content creator and podcaster – #financialfeminist

    1. I agree, GFF. It’s more top of mind in the States I feel because of the potentially crippling costs of medical care (the latest post on Money Mustache has a lot of comments to that effect).

      As someone with a chronic condition which I’ve had since I was a teen, it’s been a consideration in the decision to prioritise FI so I have the option to retire early if necessary. There’s always been a sense of so far so good, but I need to be prepared for a downturn in what I can do workwise as well. It also means that having reached FI in my forties, I’m making sure I experiment with doing things which require a certain level of fitness now.

What do you think?