Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the Romantic Dream--And How They're Paying For It [NOOK Book]

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Why does society applaud a girl who falls for a guy’s “big blue eyes” yet denounces one who chooses a man with a “big green bankroll”? After all, isn’t earning power more a reflection of a man’s values and character? Smart Girls Marry Money challenges the ideals and assumptions women have blindly accepted about love and marriage—and shows how they’ve done so at their own economic peril. In this brazen manifesto, authors Elizabeth Ford and Daniela Drake use cold hard facts, real science, and true stories to ...
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Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the Romantic Dream--And How They're Paying For It

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Overview

Why does society applaud a girl who falls for a guy’s “big blue eyes” yet denounces one who chooses a man with a “big green bankroll”? After all, isn’t earning power more a reflection of a man’s values and character? Smart Girls Marry Money challenges the ideals and assumptions women have blindly accepted about love and marriage—and shows how they’ve done so at their own economic peril. In this brazen manifesto, authors Elizabeth Ford and Daniela Drake use cold hard facts, real science, and true stories to present a compelling case for why mercenary marriages make the most sense for future happiness.

Smart Girls taps into a growing, collective suspicion that the post-feminist world isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Female “empowerment” has women working hard to look sexier than ever, while carrying more than their fair share financially. Yet sadly, statistics prove that: not only do women continue to earn far less than their male counterparts, they also suffer far more economically when marriages fail. Ford and Drake think it’s high time that women get their heads out of the clouds and start caring about their own security—the kind that can be measured in dollars and common sense. With an irreverent, straight-talk tone, the authors serve up a sound case and intriguing strategy for how women can truly “have it all.” Sure to spark conversation and controversy, Smart Girls Marry Money will ultimately empower women with a new way to take control of both their economic and romantic lives.

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Ford, daytime producer of The Doctors, and physician Drake challenge women to question the old paradigm of love and marriage and to take care of their own financial security. Through statistics, case studies, and societal observations, the authors argue that it's nice to have money when romantic love inevitably fades. And, they say, no matter how much women achieve in the workplace, men will generally make more money. One chapter summation best encapsulates this controversy-stirring read's logic: "Economic resources never get angry, ask if you've gained weight, or forget to call home." A potential bible for hardened singles and divorcA©es.


—Deborah Bigelow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786746651
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 693 KB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Ford is an Emmy-award-winning news producer, who currently produces the daytime hit The Doctors.

Daniela Drake, M.D. attended Wellesley College and received an MBA from Stanford University. A former McKinsey consultant, she is now a full-time primary care physician.

Both women have married (for love) and have reaped the consequences. They live in Los Angeles, CA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2009

    Soooo cute! Very straight forward and informative!

    This book is soooo much fun to read! It really backs up the argument well and I really liked learning about this new perspective that I found that I really identify with. I especially enjoyed the section that gave details on how to find the G-spot. What a pleasant surprise! It's also full of fun quotes and interesting statistical information. I recommend it to everyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    So Great. So Funny. So worth reading!

    Well written in a fast moving style. It kept me chuckling at the author's audacity and outrageousness. I loved the stories, but also the facts! As a person in my 20's, I wished my mom had told me some of this stuff. But instead I got these gals watching my back!I can't wait for a follow up book. It should be a hit. But it might just be a sleeper. That would be too bad, because EVERYONE should read this book!It's also a great satire in an age when we only get satire on TV for the most part. I'm giving the book to all my friends and even to my mom!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    Real

    A practical and current aproach of marriage from the female perpective. On the book all the 'bubbly - girly' ways to see a woman-man relationship are left back to take a more realistic view of the material issues of marriage. Very down to earth, helful to young woman. I gave advise from it to my nieces.

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    A Golddigger's Manifesto

    Just read the "about the authors" section on the back of the book flap and it starts becoming clear that these two women are bitter at their past attempts at marriage. Read a little further into the book (it doesn't take much) and you'll see them bend over backwards to justify their gold digging ways.

    Neither author spends a moment to do some self reflection about whether their materialistic qualities might have been the reason for the end of their marriages, instead the blame gets put on society and (surprise) the men who "run" it.

    A single word to the wise for any man who's with a woman that owns this book: "Prenup"

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