What happens when women earn more than men?

I’ve written about gender and money before. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman -- for a lot of people, this is one of the greatest taboos you can possibly talk about (even more than people anonymously sharing their salaries). Yes, men and women react to money differently. Yes, they have different scripts. And yes, ...

Initial results from my latest experiment

Last week, I kicked off a new experiment: “How would your partner spend $1,001?” I’ve asked how you would spend $1,001. But because it’s “Money & Relationships” month, I wanted to see how you thought your partner would spend it. We looked at the results from thousands of people. Most people thought they and their partners ...

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How to talk to your partner about money: The Definitive Script

Here’s the definitive script on how to talk to your partner about money -- without nagging or making them feel defensive. I’ve included the exact, word-for-word phrases to use, along with the exact information you need. Use this when you’re getting married, moving in with your partner, or getting serious about money. Bonus: Notice the psychological strategies ...

New IWT series on Money & Relationships

In May, we touched on a taboo subject: Money & Gender. It was interesting to watch people leave comments on money and relationships, an intensely personal topic. Some commenters were very wise, others had huge chips on their shoulders. All of them were entertaining. For example, I wasn’t sure if this blog would still be standing after we talked ...

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Who controls the money in your relationship?

Indian culture is patriarchal in most ways. Yet interestingly, women control the money. Men come home from work and hand their paychecks to the mother of the house. And since multiple generations usually live in one house, the mother has impressive power and collects multiple paychecks, doling out money where appropriate. That’s why I love this email I received ...

Smart Women Marry For ______

“I’m going to marry for love” is such a deeply held belief that’s become an invisible script. After all, who wouldn’t want to marry someone they love? But “love marriages” are only a recent development. Throughout history, marriages were made for strategic alliances, economic gain, familial ties, and a variety of other unromantic reasons. The push and ...