Simon and Schuster
On Sale: October 3, 2006
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-- Susan Shapiro Barash, author of Tripping the Prom
Queen: The Truth About Women and Rivalry
For years, it's been "common knowledge" that once a woman
hits thirty, her chances of finding a husband diminish to
the point of despair. That men are intimidated by a woman's
career success, preferring docile helpmates to ambitious
achievers. That women are biologically driven to seek a
strong provider. That the higher a woman's IQ, the less
likely she is to marry, let alone have babies...leaving
single, successful women to ask themselves: Are men
intimidated by smart women?
In Why Smart Men Marry
Smart Women, Christine B. Whelan shatters the myth that
high-achieving women are at a disadvantage in the marriage
market. There's good news for the millions of American SWANS
(Strong Women Achievers, No Spouse): that today's smart,
successful women marry at the same rates as all other women
-- and that more income and education may in fact increase a
woman's chances of marriage.
What's more, as Dr.
Whelan shows through newly released U.S. Census data, a
large-scale Harris Interactive survey commissioned
especially for this book, plus extended interviews conducted
in cities nationwide, this profound demographic shift shows
every sign of progressing. That means that the "success
penalty" that has endured for generations is, as soon as
2010, destined for the history books.
daughters, sisters, and friends (not to mention their
mothers) can finally stop worrying that the twin pinnacles
of personal and professional happiness are inherently
unattainable. In fact, smart men do marry SWANS. Ninety
percent of high-achieving men surveyed want a woman who is
as intelligent or more intelligent than they are. And
two-thirds of men said they believed smart women make better
mothers. Pairing cutting-edge research with sound advice,
Dr. Whelan brings to mind what smart women everywhere have
long known in their hearts: that the goal is not just to get
married, but to have a good marriage, and to lead a
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