In the third part of the Herald’s Women and Money series, Jane Phare looks at wealth creation, the challenges women face in business and why more don’t make it to the Rich List.

When I was researching for this series I spoke with Australian actor Rachel Griffiths who found herself having to raise millions of dollars from investors in her role as both director and producer of her new movie Ride Like A Girl.

By her own admission, money has never been her thing. But increasingly she’s realised it’s a mistake not to know about it. Aged 50, she’s from

Others point to the financial language itself that alienates women from what is perceived as a male-dominated domain. They say words and metaphors pervade the financial markets like a major dose of after-shave mixed with too much testosterone.

Let’s start with that big bronze sculpture, The Charging Bull, also known as the Wall Street Bull, in Manhattan’s financial district. And then add on language like a “bull market” or “bear market”, bullish, “building” a portfolio (construction), a level playing field (sport), “beating” the market (war or fighting).

You can’t rely on a man

Ten years ago she doesn’t think she would have been able to raise the funds as a first-time woman director and producer.

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