Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the Romantic Dream--And How They're Paying For It by Elizabeth Ford Daniela Drake Online

Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the Romantic Dream--And How They're Paying For It
Title : Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the Romantic Dream--And How They're Paying For It
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ISBN : 9780762435173
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240

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 eWhy 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.


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

  • Andrea Miranda

    Every woman especially teens and young adults should read this. Its definitely a refreshing take to the feminist mindset. Although I wouldn't take this message as the holy grail, it is definitely something to consider when finding a date or mate. The authors provide a compelling non-shallow argument for taking up the gold-digging initiative. I wish I had read this when I was a teen and used to go after the low quality men (financial and overall). If I had read this book I could have better insig [...]

  • Beth

    Basically a manual for the young bimbo who already has a sugar daddy anyway. Unless you're one of the Playboy models in the author's target audience, this is not for you. Their main message is that you must be gorgeous and under thirty to marry well. After that your life is essentially over and you can look forward to a life of poverty and living alone.

  • Jean

    Wow, here is a book that will spark some controversy in your book reading group. This made me laugh and also made me a bit angry. The authors make a lot of good points, but you be the judge. There is a lot of food for thought here. A must read for all women of all ages.

  • Jess Glauser

    Women who get upset by this book are not looking at it properly. After all, it is entitled "Smart Girls Marry Money," and you have to be smart to really get it. I steered clear of boys for a long time because I wanted to make something of myself without letting a guy make me feel like I was wrong for wanting more from life than what I was born into. So if you don't have an appropriate background, you won't get it. It does make practical points for looking for a guy with a brain and not just look [...]

  • Ferna Simbulan

    I of course purchased this book for its scandalous title but unfortunately, it didn't really offer me anything new. The main takeaway is pretty obvious and should be common sense for most women: don't simply marry for love. I give it a generous three stars for its humor and take away two for the lack of that "oomph" I was looking for and the unnecessary incorporation of the "Nastie" side of feminism which I am not too keen on.

  • Amy Keeley

    This is an okay book. Up until about chapter 17, they make some decent points. Sometimes they make some fantastic points (the chapter on women and anger in the workplace is especially good). However, the authors begin to lose their focus after 17. They start rambling on topics that seem unrelated to their initial point until they sound like sweet Aunt Tillie who kind of trails off after an exciting story of her romantic flirtation with a handsome sailor "back in the day", muttering something abo [...]

  • Kleiner

    According to Ford and Drake, Smart Girls Marry Money is meant to be funny, catty, and a good read. The authors argue against marrying only for love, urging women to consider their suitors’ financial stability as a means of protecting their own financial security. While the author’s approach is irreverent, and even crass at times, at the core of their argument is some sound advice. When considering marriage, love is but one factor among many. The ability, and willingness, to provide for a fam [...]

  • tawnie

    I picked this up because the title/concept seemed a little ridiculous, so I wanted to challenge myself to read something different. Then I realized I already agree with a lot of the ideas presented in the book. The authors are simply trying to say that applying some practicality in choosing your life partner will go a long way toward your future financial stability and happiness. But I honestly don't know how well this book would convince someone who was against the ideas presented. The stories [...]

  • Brandy Rivers

    SMART GIRLS MARRY MONEY is a disillusioned account which reminds women that we are still the weaker gender. We make less money, and still need men in order to live a financially stable life. This book and others like it are 100% of the reason that women have not completely evolved into equals. Women should keep their interests, rather than dropping everything in order to become everything that their man wants. Money doesn't buy anything except complications. As a society, we should figure out a [...]

  • Chris

    This book felt like a sociology class project gone wrong. While it is well documented that divorced women generally find themselves on the losing end of the economic scale, the premise of gold-digging as a means to financial security just didn't fly for me. It seemed that every chapter defined what not to do in a marriage, but never actually got to the point of saying, "This is the best way to go about protecting yourself financially within your marriage." The attempt to use profanity and slang [...]

  • Lauren

    I agree 100%. Sound advice for the thinking woman trying to navigate her way through the unequal world we live in today. While I do think their attitudes towards both men and women are very extreme (i.e. men as money objects, women as sex objects), and there overall faith in the institution of marriage is non-existent, I think the bottom line is worth considering. Be warned: the women are both divorced and do come across as the stereotypical (albeit educated and wise) divorcees.

  • Ana

    11/21/14 Learned a few things from this. I believe you have to be in a certain frame of mind to truly absorb the teachings of this book. It's certainly a must-read for young women everywhere. This book plus Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In are a dynamic duo. Yes, different but they go hand in hand. Women need to take control of their financial future and that is what I am going to start doing from today!10/24/17 One word: hilarious!

  • Kelsey

    I thought it was hilarious and thought-provoking, but in the end it didn't change my life or totally change my decisions regarding the possibility of marriage. It definitely gave me something to think about and to take into account if or when I do decide to marry, but I'd like to believe in TROO LUV and all that as plan A and this book kind of sort of maybe pretty much gave me a Plan B.As long as you don't take it too seriously, it's pretty enjoyable. :)

  • Brandy

    Obviously just because you read a book doesn't mean you have to follow the advice. We would be following a lot of advice then. I think the book title is Kinda Mis-Titled. Don't judge a book by it's cover definitely. I think the book is very knowledgable. Makes the mind think. And that's what counts.

  • Arielle DaCosta

    she just makes such an outstanding case for why love is not a good reason to marry, and why marriage as an institution needs to be used mainly for financial purposes because of the terrible state in which women are forced to live and work. excellent. so convincing, even for the romantic notions that swirl around my heart.

  • Clare

    Not the book I thought it would be. It starts with a GDI - the gold-digging imperative, and pretty much makes me sick thinking about men and women and money and sex and marriage. However, it is well-written.

  • Mandy

    Hilarious. I couldn't put it down. Elizabeth Ford and Daniela Drakes' no-nonsense witticisms and sagacious advice addresses the post-feminist problems women face today and offers us pragmatic solutions and busts numerous myths. An extremely enjoyable read.

  • Stacy Naberhuis

    Interesting premise that makes you think, but it's a bit viscous in it's view on life and love.

  • Melissa

    hm I'm curious about this book

  • Lindsay

    Definately an interesting perspective, but I am still a romantic at heart regardless of what the book had to say.

  • Fallon

    On the one hand, this book enraged me, but on the other hand I have to give it props for making me continue to read it. But holy crap, this book is sending women a crappy message.

  • Chrissi

    Sounds very shallow but it's a GREAT book! Ironic enough, I read this on a trip to Germany when my now husband proposed. ha

  • Margarita

    Hilarious! Though this book goes against everything I believe in I can't help but find myself nodding and saying "umm hmmm.ed" You'll enjoy this one!

  • meeschka

    i thought it was going to be funny. then it was really cynical. then it was really profound. eek!

  • Golda Gabriel

    A fun read while in flightt absolutely true, but insightful