How to Have a Happier Marriage: Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober Argue that 50/50 Parenting Is the Solution

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In their new book Getting to 50/50, Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober make the case that dividing household chores and parenting equally leads to couples having fewer fights.

Getting to 50/50, by Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober

"Don’t believe the myths about women and work—this advice will benefit you now and in the future."—Sheryl Sandberg, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Lean In

Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober's new book Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All (Viva Editions 2013) has begun a conversation around women and the workplace and the division of labor at home.

Meers and Strober argue that a 50/50 marriage, in which the day-to-day duties of parenting and household upkeep are divided equally between both parents, leads to reduced marital fights. This intriguing theory is featured in the Chicago Tribune in an article that explores the advantages of Getting to 50/50. According to one study cited by Meers and Strober, 80 percent of arguments that women initiate are about housework. It's clearly an important issue, and one that can be addressed with an open dialogue between spouses about the division of labor. As the article suggests, "Genuine, lasting progress is going to require change from both genders."

Meers and Strober provide more tips on 50/50 parenting at their newly launched website, which features important facts about equality in the workplace, exclusive excerpts from the book, and a "50/50 roadmap."

Meet Sharon and Joanna in person at these upcoming Bay Area events:

10/25/13 7pm, Books Inc Alameda, Alameda, CA
10/27/13 4pm, Book Passage Marin, Corte Madera, CA
10/30/13 7:30pm, Kepler's Bookstore, Menlo Park, CA
1/17/14 The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA

What people are saying about Getting to 50/50 (also available as an audio book)

"Don't believe the myths about women and work - this advice will benefit you now and in the future."
—Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In and COO of Facebook

"Offers advice on how to get husbands to pull their weight around the house."
—"Woman's Hour," BBC 4

Sharon Meers leads global business development and sales for X.commerce, the open commerce platform of eBay, helping merchants grow with better technology. Formerly, Meers was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for 16 years and was co-chair of the Women's Network in the Investment Management Division. She and her husband founded the Partners for Parity at Stanford Business School and the Dual-Career Initiative at Harvard.

Joanna Strober is Managing Director of a fund investing in private partnerships at Sterling Stamos, an investment firm in Silicon Valley and the founder of the "working stiffs" mom's group. As one of the few females in private equity in Silicon Valley, Strober has been featured in the front page of the Wall Street Journal for launching several well known companies.

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