There’s an interesting financial aspect to this book, talk about that.
Well, I had this grandiose scheme when I started the experiment—that I’d save up all the money I’d usually spend on beauty products and new clothes and donate it al to a good cause in the end. African schoolgirls were my cause du jour, since I’d seen the challenges they faced during a college semester abroad. But as my experiment went on I found my plan had serious problems—namely I didn’t feel entitled to give away money that wasn’t mine, meaning my husband had earned it. As a no-income housebound caregiver, I had zero financial traction, which led me to think about the plight of those hundreds of millions of women in the world who were stuck in exactly the same way. I did finally find a way to make the donations I wanted, but I had to work to reframe my notion of value and partnership, and I had to develop a set of tools to make that happen. The good news is that some of these tools are available for anyone to use on my website: Phoebebakerhyde.com.