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Paxful Survey Shows More Women are Owning Bitcoin but Inclusion Must Level Up 

According to a new survey from the leader in peer-to-peer bitcoin,  more women are investing in stocks and owning bitcoin than ever before


Paxful (, a global peer-to-peer fintech platform, announced today the release of its 2022 report on the state of women’s adoption of financial technologies. According to a new survey of 1,555 women in the United States, women are investing in stocks and owning bitcoin more than ever before with over half of respondents reported to have invested in stocks, nearly 90% using mobile banking apps, and nearly a third owning bitcoin. 


The survey results reveal how women in the United States are leveraging financial tools and mobile banking applications to track finances and their existing level of education and application of Bitcoin.


These trends are tracked among different age groups, states, and household income levels. Just as McKinsey predicted in 2020 that women will be on track to drive the next wave of growth in U.S. wealth management, Paxful’s 2022 survey confirms that there has been continued growth among women who are leveraging mobile banking applications to send money to friends and family, and even bitcoin ownership. 


In the 2022 report, Paxful found that: 


  • Approximately 84% of women are responsible for their family finances 
  • Nearly 60% of women invest in stocks; this is 10% higher than NerdWallet’s 2021 survey and a 20% increase from the last S&P Global report in 2019 that found that only 26% of American women have money in the stock market. 
  • Women in households with an annual income of $150,000 to$170,000 make up the highest percentage of bitcoin holders,  followed by those in the $50,000 to$74,999 range 
  • Over 95% of women have heard about bitcoin and over one-third own Bitcoin or digital assets
  • Close to a third of women believe owning Bitcoin will lead to more financial freedom and 43% of women want to learn more about the asset 


Since last year, there has been notable change in the financial sector. The survey results suggest that a greater percentage of women are participating in the financial economy, with more than 51% of women between the ages of 18 and 44 who are interested in learning more about bitcoin than any other age group. 


“For Bitcoin to reach necessary adoption in the U.S. we must make space for women,” said Jean Ng, VP of Growth. “More women than ever are becoming the primary breadwinner and women are expected to manage an extra $11 trillion in assets by 2030. Additionally, women’s participation in Bitcoin and traditional stock markets have continued to grow steadily year over year. We are financially savvy and we’re increasingly curious about Bitcoin – yet the industry (not unlike the traditional financial system it eschews) has catered largely to one distinct message. It’s time to step into the 21st century, swing open our doors and widen the narrative.”


Although progress has been achieved in narrowing the gender gaps in the financial sector, there is still a long way to go. As financial innovations rewrite the future of the global economy, Paxful intends to take necessary steps to promote greater gender diversity and to foster an inclusive culture where all women are aware of alternative tools to build financial freedom. 


“Bitcoin has the power to open doors and increase economic opportunity and mobility for millions of people across the world,” said Ray Youssef, CEO and Co-founder of Paxful. “As the survey shows, close to a third of women believe that owning Bitcoin can lead to more financial freedom. The purchasing power of women is incredible, and their impact on the global economy should not be ignored. We believe that achieving widespread bitcoin adoption requires that we get ahead of the curve and speak to the needs of both men and women, allocating greater educational resources that onboard the next billion people for financial inclusion.”


According to the data from Paxful’s survey, there are some regions in the U.S. where women are earlier adopters than others: 

  • Women the Middle Atlantic region (Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware) is leading the way in terms of Bitcoin ownership in the United States
  • Women in the Mountain Region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming) have lowest ownership of Bitcoin
  • More women based in the South Atlantic region (Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina) want to learn about bitcoin than any other region in the US 


Access the full report here: [link to come]


About Paxful

Paxful is a global peer-to-peer fintech platform for people to make payments, transactions, and send money by buying and selling Bitcoin as a means of exchange. Founded in 2015 by Ray Youssef and Artur Schaback, Paxful’s mission is to help everyone have equal access to finance no matter who or where they are. More than seven million people use Paxful to buy and sell Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Tether (USDT) with nearly 400 different payment methods.


As part of Paxful’s mission to support emerging markets, Ray Youssef, alongside Yusuf Nessary, set up the Built With Bitcoin Foundation, a U.S.-based registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit dedicated to creating equitable opportunity by providing clean water, access to quality education, sustainable farming, and humanitarian support – all powered by Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. To date, the Foundation has built and repaired 8 schools, 7 solar projects, and over a dozen water and farming systems across the globe.

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