On October 28, 2022 SingleLadyEstates® celebrated the 48th anniversary of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”) with a panel discussion on the commonality of experiencing life as a woman within the U.S – how far we've come and how far we still need to go.
The ECOA “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, or age in credit transactions.” Prior to the ECOA in 1974, single women had a hard time obtaining credit on their own and many banks required married women’s husbands to co-sign credit applications.
The virtual, interactive discussion was driven by a panel of diverse professional women of all ages focusing on financial independence and homeownership opportunities for women pre-1974, and post-1974 as well as the emerging views of younger generations now coming of age. Panelists include (alphabetical order):
- Victoria Asikis, Esq., business attorney, Gowling WLG
- Lucy Ma, Creative Executive, Graphic Design
- Maxine Monina, Realtor, Pinnacle Estates Properties
- Gandolfa Stegmann, life coach
- Victoria Trafton, retired Silicon Valley executive
- Portia Wood, Esq., a generational wealth planning attorney, Wood Legal Group, LLP
- Mary Buffett, bestselling author, international speaker, and entrepreneur, provided a powerful introduction.