The Club (http://www.happywivesclub.com) was founded in 2010 for the purpose of shining a positive light on marriage. Founder, Fawn Weaver, said at the time, "Television has given us the Stepford Wives, Desperate Housewives, 'Real Housewives' of Orange County, Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C. and New Jersey. But what about the group of married women conveniently missing from all forms of television and media?"
"There are so many, like me," she continued, "who love being married, adore their husbands and consider their union one of the greatest joys in life. Where are these women in the media? When will their lives be reflected on the big screen or on television?" So with that, she set out on a mission to seek out happy wives.
In the first week of the Club, more than 1,000 joined from all over the world. By week 4, married women from 22 countries (Germany, Egypt, Phillipines, India, Canada, Sweden, Botswana, Scotland, Finland, New Zealand, Zambia, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe, Singapore, South Africa, Australia, Kenya, South America, United Kingdom, Malaysia, and of course, the US) and 6 continents became members of the Happy Wives Club.
“The interesting thing about this club,” Weaver said at that time “is it is completely a grass roots, word-of-mouth effort. I sent the link to a few friends and my younger sister, Christy Joy. They sent it to their friends and chatted about it on Facebook..."
According to its website, the Club is now represented by members in 38 countries and as recently as yesterday was growing at a rate of 75-100 women each day. When visiting their Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/
"I just want to say how much I ♥ this!!! Loving should be bragged about! Thanks for spreading the love! xoxo ♥," was one of the many messages posted on their Club page this morning. A woman speaking about what makes her smile, "My hubby put a smile on my face cooking a wonderful sunday roast dinner that was delicious and my daughter when she received her message from santa then turning round and seeing a tear in my hubbies eye, beautiful." Carita P. from BC wrote, "What put a smile on my face this morning was that after we woke up I asked him to cuddle with me and he did so I fell asleep. I slept until 10.30 am and needed it because I have a cold."
When Happy Wives Club launched in 2010, it set tongues a waggin'. Many were in favor of the unique club and many predicted its demise. Well, based on what we've seen, those waiting for their demise may not want to hold their breath much longer.
Less than two weeks ago, they launched a new Community platform on their site (http://www.happywivesclub.com/
Weaver does, however, admit it's taking longer to find 1 million happy wives than she originally anticipated, "I just didn't think it through. If I'd calculated, rather than pulling a round number out of the sky, I would have realized what I was proposing was finding nearly 5,500 happy wives each day. Not even Oprah was able to get 1/4 of that when she was promoting her 'No Phone Zone' pledge every day on the Oprah Show," she reasons. "Oprah pulled in celebrities like Sir Elton John and Jerry Seinfield to promote it with her and they still didn't come close to the numbers I was talking about. And we're talking about Oprah, Sir Elton, and Seinfield!"
But don't think that means she's giving up. Weaver concludes, "I may have miscalculated how long it would take for us to reach 1 million happy wives, but I haven't miscalculated our ability and determination to get there. I know there are at least 1 million happy wives out there and I won't stop until we've found at least that many."
With her endless drive and continued growth of the Club, we have no doubt she will succeed.
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HappyWivesClub.com was founded on February 4, 2010 for the sole purpose of showing the "other" side of marriage. The viewpoint conveniently missing from all forms of media -- that of a woman in love with her husband and in a healthy and fun marriage.