The MORE (Money + Relationships + Equality) Initiative was created to establish equality for women and men in relationships, family life, and financial decision making, while embracing the central questions of self-worth, purpose, and meaning-making 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. Founded on principles of the Wisconsin Idea, MORE achieves its goals through an integrated program of research, outreach, and teaching.
Research: MORE uses a research synthesis approach to integrate the best evidence on the study of dual-career marriages, women’s earnings and divorce, financial and relationship self-help guides, the importance of premarital counseling, communication and support within marriages, the role of community in long-lasting partnerships, and the special challenges of women in non-traditional work and financial situations.
Outreach: Using this evidence, MORE produces outreach materials to be shared online and in press features and speaking engagements. Materials include diagnostic tools to help couples learn their money “types” prior to entering a marriage, as well as accessible workbooks on financial equality and philanthropy at various stages of the relationship.
Teaching: Finally, drawing on research and outreach materials, MORE teaches students valuable lessons on financial equality through specialized courses on the intersection of relationships, finances, consumption, and wellbeing in the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology.