Anne Michaud

Have you ever watched a sex scandal unfold on TV or in the news and wondered to yourself, “Why on earth is she staying?” You are not alone! Like many others, I too was confused by what I saw. Until I experienced my own husband’s cheating and made the decision to stay. Veteran political journalist Anne Michaud wondered too, examining the patterns of behaviors among betrayed political wives from Eleanor Roosevelt to Melania Trump in her newly released book,

Why They Stay, which explores the decisions political wives make to stay with their unfaithful husbands.

Top take-a-ways:
  • Betrayed wives aren’t powerless pawns. They are shrewder (in a good way) than you’d expect and able to use betrayal as a catalyst for growth.
  • Pulling back the curtain on the commonalities between women throughout history who have stood by their man … for better and for worse.
  • Why good women stay with bad men and why it’s okay to advocate for what you want, including changing your mind.


Why They Stay reveals the bold decisions and inner lives of eight political wives as they fight to maintain a grip on power, the emotional safety of their families, and pursue their own dreams:

Melania & Donald Trump: A foreigner’s desire to live the American dream
Hillary & Bill Clinton: One masterful decision launched her political career
Jackie & John F. Kennedy: Coping in bed and all the way to the bank
Eleanor & Franklin D. Roosevelt: A lifeless marriage sparks a social champion
Marion Stein & Jeremy Thorpe: Riding out British scandal to provide for her sons
Wendy & David Vitter: Married to the Party versus married to a man
Silda Wall & Elliot Spitzer: Real-life drama spawns TV show The Good Wife
Huma Abedin & Anthony Weiner: How to win against a man and the Media

Anne Michaud is a veteran political journalist and reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She previously wrote a nationally syndicated op-ed column for Newsday and has won more than 25 writing and reporting awards. She was named “Columnist of the Year,” by the New York News Publishers Association.

Anne covered Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign, Anthony Weiner’s 2005 mayoral bid and Eliot Spitzer’s rise and fall as New York’s governor from 2006 to 2008.

Her work has appeared in Ms., the Los Angeles TimesThe Boston GlobeNewsweekBusinessWeekCrain’s NY BusinessCincinnati Magazine and more. Anne has appeared on numerous TV, radio and podcast programs, including The Wall Street Journal’s Your Money Briefing, WBAI NY’s “Driving Forces,” “The Writers Hour” with Janine Bolon, “Girl on Fire” with Kirsten Franklin, WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” and NY1’s “Reporters’ Roundtable.” She’s a graduate of Trinity College (Conn.) and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Anne’s Book, Why They Stay: Sex Scandals, Deals, and Hidden Agendas of Eight Political Wives (2nd Edition) is available on, and more. You can learn more about her and her work at, where you can share your email to receive occasional promotions and research updates.

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