Strengthen family bonds, boost family income, and acquire a sense of purpose by helping your husband achieve his career dreams.
Terms like “stay-at-home wife” and “stay-at-home mom” once meant a woman whose lifestyle involved running the household, preparing the meals, and tending to her husband and kids. But today, a new army of educated, highly skilled women has completely reinvented–and re-embraced–the “stay-at-home” role.
Far from being June Cleaver, today’s female “stay-at-homers” tend to be highly educated and work-credentialed, which opens up exciting possibilities–among them the opportunity to be her husband’s most important career partner, mentoring and advising him to reach a level of success he wouldn’t achieve otherwise.
Profiling a wide array of smart, driven women who’ve found intellectual and spiritual satisfaction by assuring their husbands’ success, journalist and researcher Megan Basham shows how those who forgo a second paycheck and make home “command central” can not only strengthen their marriage, but also–eventually–secure a higher income.
One part manifesto, three parts hands-on prescriptive advice, this book is one of the most provocative and convincing ever written on the topic of women and work–a manual that, with its precise tips, will speed women toward the balance they seek.
“There’s food for thought here for any wife, including one who has her own career.”
—Claudia Anderson, managing editor, the Weekly Standard
About Megan Basham
MEGAN BASHAM is in frequent demand as an on-air commentator and has written for numerous publications including The Weekly Standard and American Spectator. In addition, her work has been either referenced or excerpted in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Times, among others. She currently makes her home in Tucson, Arizona.
"This is a provocative, persuasive and important book. Even those who passionately disagree with its conclusions will come away enriched and enlightened from the process of confronting its arguments."
—Michael Medved, Nationally Syndicated Talk Radio Host and Columnist, USA Today
“In the 21st century 'stay-at-home mom' is neither a compliment nor an epithet, but the latest chapter in the ongoing stories of women, marriage, and careers in America. Megan Basham's fascinating study of women in the oldest and most challenging workplace of all–the home--is the owner's manual for women and men who look upon marriage as a genuine partnership, and the key to success.”
—Philip Terzian, Literary Editor, The Weekly Standard
“Megan Basham offers wise and eloquent counsel for those willing to ignore popular opinion as they pursue family happiness.”
—Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief, World
“Meghan Barsham’s book tells us three timely truths you will not hear anywhere else: On average, highly educated wives play a crucial role in their husband’s career success, women who let their husbands take the lead in breadwinning enjoy happier marriages, and couples who focus on common goals enjoy happier and more stable marriages. So, husbands and wives, take careful note of this engaging and important new book.”
—W. Bradford Wilcox, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia and Director of the Marriage Matters Project
“Basham's fresh and persuasive argument offers a new social accounting of married life which credits the meaningful work of mothers who stay at home. She demonstrates how wives can invest their time and talent advancing the partnership of marriage to the benefit of the entire family. This is a wise and inspirational guide for every woman (and man) who wants more out of family life than is often experienced in the conventional two-career household."
—Neil Gilbert, Professor of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley, and author of A Mother's Work: How Feminism, the Market, and Policy Shape Family Life
“In this brave, helpful book, Megan Basham shows women how to be crucial to a strong team rather than just a solitary star. Perhaps more important, she gives them the dignity and tools to break free from feminist dogma and choose their own path. I suffered feminist guilt when I minimized my psychology practice to become my husband's editor and networker and a more involved mom -- even though I loved it and gained an irreplaceable role in my marriage and my kids' lives. Thank you, Megan, for giving women the gumption and the tools to team up with their husbands rather than compete with them.”
—Diane Medved, Ph.D., author of The Case Against Divorce and coauthor of The American Family
“Without using the word, Megan Basham has rediscovered the Biblical notion of ‘helpmeet,’ the wife whose intimate partnership with her husband operates not only in their family but also in her support for his work. She explores what this role consists of and how it draw it draws a couple closer. There’s food for thought here for any wife, including one who has her own career.”
—Claudia Anderson, Managing Editor, The Weekly Standard
From the Hardcover edition.