The Richer Sex by Liza Mundy
How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Our Culture

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Mundy's The Richer Sex is like a fantastical trip through the looking glass into a future few of us dared imagine...Forget gender parity. Mundy culls a broad range of research to lay out how women are fast overtaking men in today's economy...
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A REVOLUTION IS UNDER WAY.

Within a generation, more households will be supported by women than by men. In The Richer Sex, Liza Mundy takes us to the exciting frontier of this new economic order: she shows us why this flip is inevitable, what surprising adjustments will have to be made along the way, and how both men and women will feel surprisingly liberated in the end.

The bestselling author and Washington Post writer goes deep inside the lives of the couples on this cutting edge to paint a picture of how dating, marriage, and home life are changing. How does this new generation of breadwomen navigate paying for a night on the town? In whose interest is it to delay commitment? Are men for the first time thinking of marriage the way women used to—as a bet on the economic potential of a spouse? In this new world of men marrying up, are women learning to value new realms of male endeavor—like parenting, protection, and a margarita at the ready?

The future is here, with couples today debating who must assume the responsibility of primary earner and who gets the freedom to be on the slow track. As more men choose to stay home, that lifestyle has gained a higher status, and males have found ways to retain their masculinity. And the revolution is global: Mundy takes us from Japan to Denmark to show how both sexes are adapting as the marriage market has turned into a giant free-for-all, with men and women at different stages of this transformation finding partners in other countries who match their expectations.

The Richer Sex is a wild ride into the future, grounded in Mundy’s peerless journalism, and bound to cause women and men of all generations to rethink what this social upheaval will mean.
 

About Liza Mundy

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Liza Mundy is the bestselling author of Michelle: A Biography and Everything Conceivable. A longtime award-winning reporter for The Washington Post, she is currently a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 337 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Rachel Shteir on Apr 13 2012

“In what way, if at all, do the sexes need each other now that the old economic bonds have been broken?” Mundy asks. It’s one of the best questions in the book, but she doesn’t provide a satisfying answer.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Ludden on Mar 20 2012

Mundy's The Richer Sex is like a fantastical trip through the looking glass into a future few of us dared imagine...Forget gender parity. Mundy culls a broad range of research to lay out how women are fast overtaking men in today's economy...

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