It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good education must be in want of a rich husband.
– Kathleen, “They Told Me to Find a Rich Husband”
Or so the world implied when, in May 2009, I celebrated my second graduation from Columbia University. This time I threw my cap into the air to the tune of a Master’s degree in Art History. A few months later, I was unemployed and facing an uncertain future. I packed my two diplomas into a cardboard box and did what every 20-something was loathe to do – give up an apartment in New York City and move home to live with her parents in the suburbs.
I’m a 20-something female, part Carrie Bradshaw, part Elizabeth Bennett, part Bridget Jones, mostly myself. The #1 piece of advice people give me to help me navigate my way through early adulthood: “Find yourself a nice, rich husband.”
Surely, they had better advice to offer than that.
In high school, I was voted “most likely to succeed.” I have two Ivy-League degrees. I was an All-American athlete. After a year-long quest for a job and free health insurance, I landed a gig as the Manager of a contemporary art gallery.
I still pay for my health insurance.
I’m still on a diet.
I still live in the suburbs.
And for better or worse, I’m still single.
Follow along as I try to make sense of it all while navigating my way through the art world, the NYC dating scene, and the 21st century.
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