Your Husband Needs This Book!
My friend Sharon has always been a tad more practical than most when it comes to love and marriage. While I was trying to figure out how intoxicating a guy smelled on our first date, Sharon was asking HER first dates how they felt about sharing breadwinning and childcare duties 50/50. Along the way, Sharon logged 16 years at Goldman, Sachs, becoming one of the few female managing directors on the West Coast. She also met Steve, who thought a 50/50 split sounding dreamy too; they married and have two children together. Now Sharon (and co-author Joanna Strober) are sharing their tactics with the world in their new book Getting to 50/50: How Working Couples Can Have It All By Sharing It All.
To working moms like me who struggle with getting our husbands to empty the dishwasher occasionally, this 50/50 message (and the step-by-step how- to instructions) are invaluable. But Meers and Strober’s message is particularly relevant to all moms AND dads in today’s economic times, when the practicality of a dual-income household seems clear no matter your age, marital status, or tax bracket. Sharon and Joanna use a mix of personal stories, a survey of over 1,000 working moms, and the latest government and social science research to show that sharing financial and childcare responsibilities translates to happier, better-adjusted wives who feel less guilty; more involved dads; and thriving children. One of the biggest obstacles to 50/50 splits? The stubborn idea that a stay-at-home wife is a status symbol proving how successful a man is at work. Puh-leaze!