Gina Rinehart was just declared the wealthiest woman in the world. She recently surpassed Christy Walton (the Walmart heiress). Rinehart is an Australian mining tycoon whose personal fortune is $28.48 billion. She is Australia's richest person. Apparently, Rinehart is on track to take over the title of richest person in the world. Currently, the wealthiest person is Carlos Slim, who is worth $69 billion. I think it's fantastic that the richest person in the world could soon be a woman.
I know that money doesn't buy happiness, but money can buy comfort and stability. We all don't have to be millionaires to be happy, but being able to buy food, shelter and clothing is necessary to one's happiness/comfort. Anything extra is just about status. As long as a woman is able to support herself (and her children, if necessary), then she is good to go. I do think it is so important for a woman to have her own money. You can date/marry a rich man, which is fine, but you have to have your own money! Having your own money is a significant component of freedom. If a woman has her own money, then she can call the shots and make her own decisions.