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The Wife Drought

By: Annabel Crabb
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'I need a wife'.

It's a common joke among women juggling work and family, but it's no joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a godsend on the domestic front and an asset on the work front and is an advantage enjoyed by vastly more men than women.

Full of candid and funny stories from politics and the media, The Wife Drought shares intriguing research about the attitudes pulsing beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.

©2014 Annabel Crabb (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Crabb is an excellent writer, and the book is penned with the wry wit for which she is famous." ( Crikey)
"A modern classic.... This is the conversation we have to have." (Lisa Wilkinson)

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A laugh when maybe it shouldn't be.

This is my first read (or rather, listen) of Annabel Crabb and I must say I'm thankful I did! This book is both heartbreaking and hilarious at once. Annabel was a beautiful way of making you cry with the reality of it all and laugh loudly at the absurdity of it.

I don't know if this was one of the intentions of this book, but I have come away feeling like my position in the world as a stay at home mum and wife is far more important than it is given credit for. So Thank you!

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not for me

i found this one hard to follow it does seem to be very anti male .. well to me anyway

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no biological difference between men and women

The entire book is predicated on their being no biological difference between the sexes as our roles are a social construct.

There is also a little gerrymandering of statistics to help present her case, although I've never read a book where this does not exist.

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Better than Lean In - if you're Australian

There's a lot of sound logic and insight in here. I'd love books on this topic to focus less on the big earners in the population but I understand that's the author's primary context.

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Fantastic eye opening book

This book clarifies a lot about what holds women back at work in Australia like our outdated cultural expectations. For example, how women are still held responsible for the cleanliness of their house, even if they work as many hours as their husbands and how women are just expected to be highly competent mothers whereas people fall over themselves to praise men for even the most tiny of parenting tasks. It also looks at what holds men back from taking time off from work to be with their children, from the exclusive language of things like "mothers group" to the much higher likelihood of having their request for work flexibility denied compared with women, as well as the highly conflicting expectations placed on men for them to be masculine breadwinners whilst being sensitive but not weak. Also, how fathers are automatically considered better workers with associated pay rises whilst women pay a motherhood penalty.

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Brilliant forward-looking view of gender politics!

Nice to find a book that looks at sensible reasons for the way things are, and suggests ways forward. The author's own voice also conveys a sense of curiosity and solution seeking to looking at the statistics. Doing work and home life better, integrating communication technology and new ideas is the way forward, as long as we think clearly about who we are and how we are shaped by assumptions and preconceptions.

I liked the chapter "Men are Awful, Women are Hopeless" particularly because although it examined these arguments for why social change is slow, it wasn't a bitter nihilist rant. It was a truthful examination of how unconscious presumptions shape our behaviour.

I'll definitely be reading more of Annabel Crabb in future! Highly recommended!

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Its so difficult to meet the bar, I need a "wife"

Explains the culture and data behind why it's so much harder for women to compete against men in the workplace and why as women we do far more than we should need to, to both, prove our capability and ensure our femininity in society.

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How do I get my husband to read this?

I’ve never wanted to scream YES at my phone so much in my life. Annabel Crabb is describing my life!

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Essential listening

Entertaining and important for men and women. This book will make you think differently. Really enjoyed it.

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Funny thought provoking and informative

Really enjoyed the book lots of stats to back up the analysis. I hope we have progressed since this has been published.

Feeling the wife envy and i don’t even have a hubby or kids just a lovely bf hopefully we can have a modern family so i can carry on running the family farm in NSW.

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