Synopses & Reviews
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.
Accomplished 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 fulfilled life.
"Reassuring news for all those smart, successful women." -- Good Morning America
"Whelan offers encouragement to everyone in her demographic.... This book contributes to the cultural conversation about marriage by countering outdated stereotypes about male-female relations." -- andlt;iandgt;The Washington Postandlt;/iandgt;
"In your face, Maureen Dowd." -- Metro New York
"Perhaps Dr. Whelan's next project should be to start a matchmaking agency for SWANSand#174; and the men who love them. [Then]...her work will deserve to bypass the Pulitzer committee and be up for a Nobel." -- andlt;iandgt;The Washington Timesandlt;/iandgt;
"An absolutely excellent book...essential reading for women in their twenties and thirties who need that extra boost that, yes, they did the best thing for themselves and they will be rewarded with the best guys possible, who will treat them like the queens that they are." -- Blogger News Network
"For as long as I can remember, single, professional women have been told that their chances of getting married were smaller than their chances of being hit by a bus. Christine Whelan has now shattered that myth once and for all." -- Heather Boushey, PhD, economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research
"Extensively researched." -- Elle magazine
"A compelling case against the widespread belief that educated women risk lonely, impoverished lives." -- Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University, author of andlt;iandgt;The Purchase of Intimacyandlt;/iandgt;
"A new way for women to blend their accomplishments in the work world with romance, marriage, and motherhood." -- Susan Shapiro Barash, author of andlt;iandgt;Tripping the Prom Queen: The Truth About Women and Rivalryandlt;/iandgt;
"Whelan serves up an overdue reappraisal of the facts." -- New York Post
"Reassuring news for all those smart, successful women." -- andlt;iandgt;Good Morning Americaandlt;/iandgt;
"Extensively researched." -- andlt;iandgt;Elleandlt;/iandgt; magazine
"In your face, Maureen Dowd." -- andlt;iandgt;Metroandlt;/iandgt; New York
"Whelan serves up an overdue reappraisal of the facts." -- andlt;iandgt;New York Postandlt;/iandgt;
Any woman who's dreamed of complementing her solo achievements with an equally rewarding partnership will find in andlt;iandgt;Marry Smartandlt;/iandgt; the step-by-step instructions and practical tips for success. Expanding on the groundbreaking research from her first book, andlt;iandgt;Why Smart Men Marry Smart Womenandlt;/iandgt;, Dr. Christine B. Whelan offers practical tips for finding personal happiness, plus a marriage calculator that accurately predicts a woman's chances of marriage.
Any woman who's dreamed of complementing her solo achievements with an equally rewarding partnership will find in Marry Smart the step-by-step instructions and practical tips for success. Expanding on the groundbreaking research from her first book, Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women, Dr. Christine B. Whelan offers practical tips for finding personal happiness, plus a marriage calculator that accurately predicts a woman's chances of marriage.
Table of Contents
A SWANS Story
1 Are You Among the SWANS?
2 Shattering the Myths
3 Success Is Sexy
4 What SWANS Want
5 Gentlemen Prefer Brains
6 Who Is Mr. Right?
7 Social Graces
8 A Desire to Nest
9 Sailing to the Altar