About

 

MORE, the Money, Relationships & Equality initiative at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, provides research, teaching and outreach to establish equality for women and men in relationships, family life and financial decision making, while embracing central questions of self-worth, purpose and meaning-seeking throughout the life course.

MORE educates women and men of all ages, in classroom settings and beyond, with the understanding that full equality for women cannot be accomplished without education and behavior change of the men with whom they partner. We are founded on the Wisconsin Idea principles of outreach, research and education. MORE is a part of the 4W Initiative devoted to advancing women and wellbeing in Wisconsin and the world. The 4W Initiative will offer annual global summits on issues of equality and agency.


OUTREACH: With publically accessible workbooks and informational brochures on financial equality and philanthropy at various stages of the relationship, we will encourage local seminars and community collaboration.

RESEARCH: MORE asks challenging questions about the role of community in long-lasting partnerships, and embrace research on the special challenges of women in non-traditional work and financial situations. Questions of interest include the study of dual-career marriages, women’s earnings and divorce, financial and relationship self-help guides and diagnostic tools to help couples learn their money “types” prior to entering a marriage, among other opportunities. Research on generative living, and purpose-based youth development will add to the life fulfillment piece of this Initiative.

TEACHING: With specialized courses on the intersection of relationships and finances, consumption and thriving, MORE is offering students a valuable education in financial equality. In addition, MORE is a part of the 4W Initiative devoted to advancing women and wellbeing in Wisconsin and the world. The 4W Initiative will offer annual global summits on issues of equality and agency.


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Christine Whelan, Ph.D.

Founder & Director: 
Faculty member in the Department of Consumer Science in the School of Human Ecology, author, speaker and public sociologist.

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Emily Parrott

Graduate Assistant: 
Doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies, project assistant for MORE.

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Lorna Wendt

Sponsor & Advisor:
Late founder of the Equality in Marriage Institute, vocal advocate for women’s financial equality, and sponsor, advisor and partner in the MORE initiative. She served as Co-Chair for 4W Circles of Friends.


Feel free to contact Christine and Emily by e-mailing more@lists.wisc.edu.