The role of wife is the most desired status for millions of women across America. But isn’t it time to take a good look at what the role of wife entails? Women’s relationship expert, Susan Shapiro Barash says that over 80 percent of women whether divorced, widowed, or never married; old, young, or in mid-life, claim that being a wife is their goal. In Barash’s book, The New Wife: The Evolving Role of the American Wife, she delves into an exploration of the modern wife through the decades, from the 1950s to today’s 21st century wife. Barash uncovers the reasons why women yearn to be wives, and their disappointments, pretenses, and steadfast resolve in the role. Her unique study brings insight into the myriad ways women work at being successful wives in our complex world. An eye-opening study of wives of all ages, The New Wife: The Evolving Role of the American Wife reveals how deeply a womans identity is vested in her marriage. Marriage is still a powerful and alluring concept for women yet today, much like its siren call to their mothers, aunts, and grandmothers in decades past. Barash’s meticulous yet personal summations of five decades of wifing include:

  • The Fifties Wife: Kitchens and Carpools – Wives relegated to the home and raising children.
  • The Sixties Wife: Hell Unleashed – How the womens movement and the sexual revolution changed the status quo.
  • The Seventies Wife: Blazers as Armor – Wives marched in droves to the workplace, ready to sustain marriages and careers.
  • The Eighties Wife: Flavors of Power – Even as the true believers climbed the corporate ladder, the second shift kicked in.
  • The Nineties Wife: Desperation and Isolation Worlds apart as stay-at-home moms or working mothers but like-minded in another respect, across-the-board extramarital affairs explode.
  • The 21st Century Wife – Confident in her choice, whether working or notbearing children or not.
  • The Enlightened Wife – Each decade of the last half-century has contributed to shaping todays wife, with her accumulated knowledge and experience.
  • Generations X and Y – Todays young and future wives exude a confidence never before imagined.

In this breakthrough book interspersed with personal stories of women of all ethnicity, age, and social strata, Barash graphically illuminates the shadowy world of the wife: her dreams, her realities, her progress.