In the spotlight: A conversation with Laura Dern
Touching audiences. Changing Hollywood.
A special virtual event
Watch the captivating conversation with Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor and producer Laura Dern, to find out:
- How Dern is owning her worth—financially, physically and holistically
- The financial considerations of life in the spotlight
- How she overcame obstacles to become a Hollywood icon
- The legacy she is building for herself, her family and women in entertainment
Billie Jean King and Lisa Leslie joined us to unveil our new report
An all-star line-up—featuring Billie Jean King, Lisa Leslie, Paula Polito, Paulina Porizkova, Elaine Welteroth and Dr. Jill Yavorsky—shares their own stories of money, power and resilience.
In 2018, UBS embarked on a groundbreaking study of US women. It started with the recognition of two major trends impacting women: increasing life expectancy and the rise of “gray” divorce. This meant that, at some point in their lives, 8 in 10 women will end up alone and solely responsible for their financial well-being.1
When we spoke to women living this reality—widows and divorcees who were financially responsible not just for themselves but for children, loved ones, even family businesses—we uncovered a deep well of regret. 98% of widows and divorcees urged other women to participate in long-term decisions early on.2
So we wondered … were women heeding their advice? In this age of #metoo, women’s empowerment and progress toward greater equality, were things actually changing? In short, not enough.
The behavior persists even though the majority of women—and men—believe equal financial participation is necessary for true gender equality. But there are signs that women are ready to own their worth.
"I let my spouse take the lead."
"We participate equally."
"I take the lead."
- 46% Advanced degree
- 50% College
- 60% High school
- 41% Primary
- 45% Equal
- 62% Secondary
- 54% Millennials
- 53% Gen X
- 39% Boomers
of women want to protect their family more than ever before
intend to discuss finances with their spouse
intend to discuss their financial plan, portfolio and will with their spouse
Will women follow through on their intentions? Or will they continue the status quo?
Much depends on the willingness of not only women, but men as well. If men help the women they care about feel encouraged, empowered and welcome—and women commit to participating—then both can make wise decisions. With the lessons of the pandemic fresh in their minds, women have set their intentions.
Now it’s time for women to act.