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Andrea Rodgers is the Founder of Miss A (AskMissA.com), which covers the intersection of charity and lifestyle for 1.5 million unique readers annually. Based in Washington, DC, Miss A has a presence in 21 U.S. cities with 30 editors and hundreds of writer. Andrea was inspired after 9/11, and became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit in an effort to give back to the community. At the core of the Miss A brand is Andrea’s personal belief in the positive power of volunteering and charity — not only to benefit those less fortunate, but to improve the individual, business or brand that gives their time, money and energy to a cause. AskMissA.com serves as a technological platform which connects editors, writers and readers around this core belief and shines a spotlight on the best nonprofits, charity events, cause marketing campaigns and philanthropic & stylish people, businesses and brands to inspire others to get involved.

Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

The Economic Crisis’s Impact on Love & Relationships

In the past few decades, women have been closing in on men’s earning level. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Women’s earnings have risen to 77 percent of men’s.” In addition, nearly one-third of working married women earn more than their spouses, another rising proportion. According to Jane Sjogren, Associate Professor of Economics at Simmons College in Boston, “The closing gap between women’s and men’s earnings, even as women’s labor force participation rates have leveled off and men’s have dropped, means women will have personal options, such as whom to marry or when to unmarry, that men have long had.”

With the stock market tumbling, a troubled real estate market, a tight credit market, and more people finding themselves unemployed, both men and women will have fewer options. Will men and women be more apt to see the advantages in getting, or in remaining married? According to Finesse Mitchell, whose name sound more like a haircare product than the author of,“Your Girlfriends Only Know So Much: A Brother’s Take on Dating & Mating for Sistas” and a relationships columnist for Essence magazine, “The more ‘stuff’ you have, the pickier you get without even realizing it. When you are broke, you will date anyone with a car!” The ecomomic crisis won’t cause everyone to go broke, or lose their car, but our lifestyle will suffer a big hit these next years. Perhaps men and women will be more likely to consider marriage for financial support.

The economic crisis has already given birth to a new type of wedding – “The Recession Wedding”.  It’s not just the middle-class which is feeling their wedding budgets shrink, a wealthy Tycoon has told his daughter that there “will be no display of conspicuous consumption” at her wedding to  a famous sport’s figure. 

– Miss A

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