Hello! My name is Emma Johnson and my goal is to help you build a full, awesome life as a single mom.
I started Wealthysinglemommy.com when I realized a huge need for community, information and inspiration for women like me:
Professional single moms.
Immediately after launching in 2012, tens of thousands of women every month started visiting, commenting and connecting on Wealthysinglemommy.com. The media started calling. Something special was going on.
There is an unprecedented number of women parenting alone. We’re not going away. There are 16 million U.S. unmarried moms heading families, and 64 percent millennial moms have a child outside of marriage.
This is an incredible moment in history that affords unpartnered women more opportunity than ever to raise amazing, healthy children while also building wildly successful businesses and careers – and enjoy dating and the pursuit of romantic love. I’m one of them. So are you. But moms like you don’t always feel like they fit in. So they come here.
This single-mom business is not easy. On the tough days it is stressful, exhausting and lonely. But life as a single mom can be brilliantly fulfilling – even if you don’t stay a single mom forever (hello, dating!). I am here to help single moms like you build an amazing family, career and romantic life.
Bestselling single mom book author
Penguin published my book, The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children (Penguin). It hit Amazon’s #1 bestseller list, was named by the New York Post as a ‘Smart, Must-Read’ and got shout-outs in more than 150 media outlets.
Here I am on The Doctors promoting the book:
I also wrote 30-Day Kickass Single Mom Money Makeover: Get Your Financial Act Together, Finally and Forever! and in March, 2024 Sourcebooks will publish The 50/50 Solution.
Emma Johnson in the media and on TV
I have been in the media hundreds of times, as a journalist and expert on single-parent topics. As an expert, I have been invited to write op-eds for the New York Times, profiled in the New York Post and appeared on CNN, Headline News, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, U.S. News, Inc., MONEY magazine, TIME magazine, CBS Marketwatch, Woman’s Day, NPR, Fox&Friends, Oprah.com, Jenny McCarthy Radio, and hundreds of others.
Awards and shout-outs include:
- Parents magazine named Wealthysinglemommy ‘Best of the Web.’
- New York Observer named me to its “9 Most Eligible Singles” list.
- My podcast, Like a Mother, was named by U.S. News as a ‘Top Personal Finance Podcast.’
My articles about single motherhood
I have been a professional journalist since I began my career, starting in community newspapers, then at the Associate Press Financial Wire in New York City, then as a full-time business freelance journalist. Here are some places I have been published:
U.S. News: Self-care for Single Moms
Here I am on Fox & Friends, where I am a frequent (liberal) commentator on parenting issues (do you like my ‘Bitch, please’ face?).
And on CNBC:
I believe passionately that the only way for women and men to be equal is for all genders to earn, save and invest equally. It is impossible to close to gender gap if women are the presumed primary caretake of children — either inside coupled relationships, or co-parenting outside of marriage.
While a court cannot mandate equally shared parenting time and responsibility inside of a marriage, family and divorce courts have an incredible opportunity to stem the gender gap by mandating equally shared parenting for separated and divorced families.
I advocate for:
- A presumption of equally shared parenting responsibility and time for separated and divorced parents
- Women and men, mothers and fathers should each be equally responsible for paying their own bills and otherwise be financially independent of each other. To this end, alimony has no place in our society — including in the rare cases of women paying men child support.
This sums it up:
As does this:
These arguments for shared parenting are in addition to a review of 60 peer-reviewed studies that found that equally shared parenting for separated families is what is best for children, stems our the dire fatherless epidemic. The closer the schedule is to 50% time with both parents, the better the outcomes for kids. A 50/50 schedule really is what is best for kids.
I speak on this topic frequently in the media (whether the media ask me to or not), and I launched Moms for Shared Parenting as a call for policy and cultural change to focus on the obvious benefits for children, women, men, feminism and our society when parents share equally in raising children.
#1 top single mom blog
This is not a brag. Wealthysinglemommy.com is the largest single-mom community in the world. It is not just a blog for divorced single moms. It is for all single moms — never-married, separated, widowed, divorced, babies out of casual hook-ups, committed partnerships, gay and straight. We are living in 2021 right along with you.
Emma Johnson professional bio
Emma Johnson is a business journalist, gender equality activist, #1 best-selling author of The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), and founder of Wealthysinglemommy.com, the world's largest platform for single moms.
A former newspaper and Associated Press reporter, Emma has been featured on New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Headline News, CNBC, NPR, TIME, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Doctors, and many more. She was named Parents magazine's “Best of the Web,” “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and “9 Overachieving New Yorkers You Must Date” by New York Observer.
Emma frequently speaks on women's issues, including at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality. She is founder of Moms for Shared Parenting, an activist organization aimed at making equally shared parenting after divorce the norm in both culture and policy.
Emma grew up in Sycamore, Ill. with a single mom and two brothers. Today she lives in Richmond, Va., with her son and daughter.
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