A national survey by Citi revealed that women, especially young women aged 18 to 39, have reprioritized their finances as a result of the economic downturn.

Although these women admit their financial situations haven’t changed from six months or a year ago, they are “cautiously optimistic” about the future compared to September 2009, according to the telephone survey, conducted by Hart Research Associates among 2,002 adults nationally from March 15-25, 2010. The survey included 1,010 women and has an overall statistical margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points for women.

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