On April 7 Daily Life will co-host a festival of ideas about the issues that matter most to women at The Sydney Opera House and we're excited to announce that another very special guest has just been added to our already all-star line up. It's Liza Mundy. If the name is familiar to you, it's probably because you've heard of her ground-breaking book, The Richer Sex, which made headlines all over the world. Daily Life writer Rachel Hills even covered it for us, over here.
In the book, Mundy reveals that women are likely to become the the major breadwinner in a majority of families within the next generation. As the economy has changed and women have moved into the workforce and become more and more highly educated, their increasing financial power is a reality. In the US, almost 40% of working wives outearn their husbands and although the proportion in Australia is much smaller, the trend is moving in the same direction.
Mundy's argument is that the impact of these changes will transform relationships, families and the roles of men at work and at home. But is this simply a question of men and women swapping places, or men earning less, or does it hold the possibility of a more equal society?
It's an interesting issue and, as it's one that's particularly pertinent to a feminist-focused website like Daily Life, we felt like Mundy was the perfect fit - not least because of her credentials.
Liza Mundy received her AB degree from Princeton University. She earned an MA in English literature at the University of Virginia, where she also taught writing. She is currently a staff writer at the Washington Post, where she has written articles and essays on family life, popular culture, the arts, and politics. An article she wrote on two deaf women who used a deaf sperm donor to deliberately conceive deaf children was selected by Oliver Sacks for inclusion in The Best American Science Writing 2003.
She has won awards for essays, profiles, and science writing from the Sunday Magazine Editors Association, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, The Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. She was a 2003 Kaiser Foundation Media Fellow, and a 2005 Media Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She has also written for Slate, Lingua Franca, Redbook, Washington City Paper, and The Washington Monthly.
All About Women will feature international guests Ayaan Hirsi Ali (author of Infidel) Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee and Daily Life bloggers Clementine Ford, Sarah MacDonald and Julia Baird.
All About Women, co-presented by Daily Life, will be held at the Sydney Opera House on April 7. For a full list of speakers and events visit The Sydney Opera House.