More women are saying “I do” to men with lower levels of education, according to a new study.
For the first time in 50 years, the Pew Research Center found that American wives are more likely to be better educated than their husbands. “In the more than half-century that Pew has tracked the issue, this is the first time that a higher percentage of women than men have married down,” the LA Times reports. “Among college-educated newlyweds, 39 percent of women pledged their undying devotion to a non-grad. Only 26 percent of men did the same.”
In 2012, 27 percent of women “married down,” a threefold jump from 1960. The staggering numbers, collected from Census data, do not necessarily mean that women are smarter than men. “The trend toward wives being more educated than their husbands is even more prevalent among newlyweds, partly because younger women have surpassed men in higher education in the past two decades,” the report reads.
While women are marrying down when it comes to education, that’s not the case when it comes to income. According to the study, 58 percent of better-educated women married men who earn more money.
Have you advanced further academically than your man? If so, share your thoughts on this new report in the comment section below. Is “marrying down” a problem?
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