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Balancing Act: Marriage has never been harder … or happier, argues new book

A reporter once asked Gloria Steinem why she changed her mind about marriage and got hitched to activist David Bale at age 66.

"I didn't change," Steinem famously replied. "Marriage changed."

Indeed it did. Had Steinem married in her 20s, during the 1960s, she wouldn't have been able to get a credit card in her name, she'd have had no legal rights to her husband's property and, depending on where she lived, she'd have had little say in her birth control options.

By 2000, Steinem and Bale's union could be a

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