Smeal alumna, personal finance expert releases third book

Penn State Smeal College of Business alumna Farnoosh Torabi, Class of 2002, has released her third book, "When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women."

Torabi has spent her career in media as a television personality and personal finance expert. Her first two books: "You’re So Money" and "Psych Yourself Rich"; provide the personal finance advice that Torabi is known for.

"When She Makes More" continues the conversation with solutions and strategies for women to pursue the careers they want and succeed in their relationships.

“No one was talking about what happens to the relationship dynamic when women make more,” said Torabi. “I felt this needed to be addressed.”

According to Torabi, women who find themselves earning the majority of the money within a partnership are faced with unique challenges.

“Traditionally, men have been raised to assume the role of financial provider, so a woman making more can be unsettling for both men and women,” she said.

And just because a woman has more responsibilities at work, that doesn’t mean she has fewer at home. Torabi encourages women to ask for more support in addressing those responsibilities at home.

“You have to define your purposes in the relationship,” she said. “Couples who are struggling are those who haven’t had that conversation. You can’t assume your partner’s going to read your mind.”

Torabi studied finance and international studies at Smeal and has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. In 2012, she and her husband, Tim Dussinger, Class of 2001 and also a Smeal alumnus, created the Torabi Dussinger Honors Scholarship to enhance honors education.

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Last Updated June 24, 2014