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Gold diggers.

"Nearly Half of Women Fear Life as a Bag Lady" was the headline over a recent article by Jennifer Harper in The Washington Times. The article cites a survey of 1,925 women by a large insurance company, to which 46 percent of respondents said they feared becoming bag ladies. Incredibly, for women with incomes of more than $100,000 a year, the figure was not lower but a slightly higher 48 percent.

This accords with my own experience. Women have always seemed to me to be more concerned with financial security than men. In those romantic novels so many of them love to read, the heroes are usually not only hunks, but rich, or clearly on their way to being rich.

That's why I was delighted to learn about one exception from an article about Nora Roberts in The New York Times. She is a romance novelist who herself married a carpenter and whose hero is usually a man of modest means. Her woman, writes Ginia Bellafante of the Times, "might be a schoolteacher and [her] man might drive a cab."
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Title Annotation:Tilting at Windmills; bag ladies
Author:Peters, Charles
Publication:Washington Monthly
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2006
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