The Richer Sex – Changing the Game

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Posted March 23, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

One could say author Liza Mundy has the greatest PR team of all time. Her book, The Richer Sex came out on March 20th, and on March 15th, TIME Magazine ran it as their cover story. As women, we can all thank heavens for her PR team, as they’ve opened a discussion long needed in America.

Mundy’s book features a shifting of gender roles, a positive change for women in America. For years, women have struggled to find a partner and men have traditionally been uncomfortable with women who make more money than they do. Mundy’s research shows this assumption is changing and more men are willing to “marry up.” In fact, many men respect their wives for making more money than they do. In the future, more households will be financially run by women than by men. We are becoming “The Richer Sex.” Today, 40 percent of women out-earn their male counterparts, and this percentage is slowly rising and will soon be the majority.

The interesting dichotomy in this discussion, though, remains pay equity. While Lisa Mundy proves that women will soon eclipse their partners, on the whole as breadwinners, there is still great disparity in pay between women and men at similar levels in similar jobs. So while we’re gaining wealth as a gender, we’re still having difficulty breaking through a glass ceiling of pay in our work.

What I know for sure is this: this conversation has to be had. What does money mean for women? What power does it give us? Does it matter if we make more money than our husbands if we make less money than the men we work with? What do you think? Comment here, and consider picking up a copy of Lisa Mundy’s book today – click here to order.


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

One Comment


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    Nancy

    I’m seeing this happen and I am optimistic that more men will be willing have a wife that outearns him. I’ve made more money then just about every guy I’ve dated and early on they tended to resent the fact that I made more then they did and those relationships ultimately ended at that. My current bf, however is fully supportive and isn’t bothered by the fact that I make more money than he does. I know alot of couples where the woman is better educated, is more successful and earns more than her partner and they seem to be doing ok. I know where I live, there are still alot of men with traditional values, that believe they need to be the family breadwinner. I think a lot of these men will have no choice but to marry a woman that earns more then he does.





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