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You know.... I was just thinking that the FIRE movement was actually largely started by women—often homemaker types—and then sort of appropriated by men along the way.

I’m think about Vickie Robin and Joe Dominguez, writing YMOYL in 1992. Their message: think hard about what you want, be frugal, invest carefully and you can quit your job if you want.

“Voluntary Simplicity” came out in 1981. “Downshifting” came out in the late 90’s, both of which suggested living on less,with less (none?) emphasis on the investment side. “The Tightwad Gazette” came out in the 90’s—“you, too, can stay home with the kids and have a house and a barn if you live very frugally.” No real emphasis on what they did with the money they saved, but still, the basics were there. Elaine Somebody wrote a simplicity book that was hot for a whole...

The point is,the antecedents for FIRE have been around for a long time, and the tech bros adopted the parts that worked
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