When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women

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How to thrive in a relationship when you’re the richer half

For the top-earning woman, the rules are different. She faces a much higher risk for burnout, infidelity, and divorce. In this highly practical book, financial guru and media star Farnoosh Torabi—a breadwinner herself—presents a bold strategy that not only addresses how income imbalances affect relationships and family dynamics, but also how a woman ...

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Overview

How to thrive in a relationship when you’re the richer half

For the top-earning woman, the rules are different. She faces a much higher risk for burnout, infidelity, and divorce. In this highly practical book, financial guru and media star Farnoosh Torabi—a breadwinner herself—presents a bold strategy that not only addresses how income imbalances affect relationships and family dynamics, but also how a woman can best manage (and take advantage of) this unique circumstance—emotionally, socially, and financially.

Among the rules:
• Rewrite the Fairy Tale: Come to grips with the new landscape for dating, marriage, and ever after.
• Find Your Favorite Position: Stay on top of the finances while allowing your partner to lead.
• Don’t Settle for a Mr. Mom: The math may conclude it’s best for him to quit his job to become the primary caregiver, but there's far more to consider.
• Don’t Make His Life Too Easy: How outsourcing and paying for help can backfire.

With eye-opening stories and a survey of one thousand people, this book will appeal to fans of The End of Men and The Richer Sex. Torabi helps us embrace this new reality and make it work.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/03/2014
“As women we somehow feel responsible for taking on more of the housework even if we have a full-time job and make more money,” writes personal finance expert Torabi, as she explores the guilt, expectations, and challenges facing couples in an era after the feminist movement but before achievement of true gender equality. In this guide to navigating new rules in the workplace and the household, the author cites numerous research studies but uses interviews to bring her topics to life. The interviewees are clearly affluent, so the book’s rules, especially regarding hiring domestic help or keeping a personal slush fund for “guilt-free spending,” aren’t realistic for every household. One of Torabi’s keenest insights is borrowed from the relationship expert Alison Armstrong, who notes that it can be “lethal” if a woman starts thinking, “Am I better off with or without him?” Torabi’s mission is to make sure that doesn’t happen, recommending women change their expectations for a working household, communicate their needs without crushing egos, work hard without regret, and, of course, write a good prenup. Books like this one are never silver bullets, but readers may have trouble warming to the author’s approach, which can veer more toward advice columnist than financial reporter. Agent: Bonnie Solow, Solow Literary Enterprises. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594632167
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 198,673
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Farnoosh Torabi is a personal finance expert, speaker, and TV personality. Her work and advice have been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and in Entrepreneur, Time, and Money magazines. Her television credits include the Today show, ABC, CNN, LIVE with Kelly and Michael, The Dr. Oz Show, and The View. She hosted the Webby- nominated show Financially Fit on Yahoo!, the number one personal finance series on the Web. She and her husband live in Brooklyn. Learn more about Farnoosh at Farnoosh.tv.
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This dramatic economic shift can lead to guilt, shame, and questions of identity for both sexes. Money is already a bone of contention for most people; when she makes more, however, the plot thickens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Women who think like this should remain single...or look for one

    Women who think like this should remain single...or look for one of the modern day wimps they (not me) call
    men

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    This is an exceptionally well-researched book by an expert who k

    This is an exceptionally well-researched book by an expert who knows what she's talking about. Torabi tackles an important topic that doesn't get enough attention. I found the book both inspiring and empowering. I highly recommend it! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    This book was written to help younger women who are primary brea

    This book was written to help younger women who are primary breadwinners to navigate sensitive financial issues within their
    relationships. Many people may not think that the issue is a concern (depending on their background, age, position, and relationships)
    but I have seen others struggle with issues that Farnoosh explores. 

    Drawing on statistics, extensive research, real-life examples, and advice from psychiatrists, financial planners, and even a divorce
    lawyer, Farnoosh discusses rules for happiness in marriage and relationships relating to money. She does a great job of identifying
    key issues that should be discussed and decided upon throughout various life stages. She adds her own experiences to
    the discussions but doesn't offer one-size-fits-all solutions. She wisely advises readers to make decisions based on their
    unique circumstances. 

    You don't have to agree with every stance or perspective to get tremendous value from the book. If money affects your relationships
    (and it generally does in both obvious and not-so-obvious ways), then you should consider reading When She Makes More.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Guys, this is a terrific insight into the growing group of bread

    Guys, this is a terrific insight into the growing group of bread-winning women around the country. As a 30-something in NYC, I've dated many women who make more than me, and I wish I read this book beforehand. It's important to realize the realities of these relationships, and Farnoosh spells out her advice based on personal experience and other couples' stories. Great book! I'm recommending this to all of my buddies :)

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  • Posted June 4, 2014

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    Guys, read this book to figure it out now! Farnoosh's advice im

    Guys, read this book to figure it out now!

    Farnoosh's advice immediately struck a chord with me because I'm one of those men who earned less. My spouse and I have enjoyed nearly 28 years of marriage while figuring out our own roles-- and dealing with the scrutiny of family & friends. My spouse and I kept ourselves focused on the real goal of financial independence, and the book's practical money-management techniques really work.

    Guys, don't worry: this is not a male-bashing polemic. There's no psychobabble. You'll learn how two genders will see the same situations in very different ways, and you'll know how to respond to those differences. The book is based on hundreds of interviews with couples and counselors, and they've figured out how to deal with the inevitable debates to keep it all together. Our emotions and reflex responses may try to hijack our brains, but you'll learn how to get back on track instead of reacting.

    10 easy (and very entertaining) chapters will show you how to level up your communications skills and share your couple's responsibilities. It's not about who earns more, but rather how each of you contribute to the relationship. You'll also learn how to handle the critical commentary of your family (particularly mothers-in-law) and the rest of society.

    It's a great read, and my spouse and I kept nodding our heads in recognition. Our daughter is got her copy as a bonus college graduation gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Interesting read from a very practical money expert. Farnoosh ta

    Interesting read from a very practical money expert. Farnoosh tackles a tricky subject, who makes more money in a couple and how that
    can impact your relationship. Lots of good takeaway information here, would highly recommend this book to any woman to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Bland opinions

    Book is very anedotal, based on opinons, it quickly lost my interest. Based on the title, I was expecting something more factual.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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