Francis’ grandmother, Myra, was a victim of spousal abuse and admitted that a lack of money had prevented her from leaving her husband. She wasn’t alone: An estimated one in four women experiences severe intimate partner violence, and limited access to money can be a leading factor in why many women stay in their relationships. (In fact, only 39% of women “have taken steps in their own relationship to protect themselves from financial abuse,” according to a survey from Allstate Foundation Purple Purse.)
Stacy Francis had planned on pursuing work in the arts and humanities — but at 18, she had a frank conversation with her grandmother that inspired her to completely change her career path.
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