Women Still Want to Marry Rich, Study Finds

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Apparently, the idea that women dislike being financially dependent on their spouses is a myth – more women are choosing to “marry up” than did so in the 1940s, according to Dr. Catherin Hakim from the London School of Economics.

After decades of gender equality campaigning, many women find it hard to admit that they want to be a housewife more than they want a successful career of their own, she said.

The study comes after a coalition in London announced a series of measures intended to narrow the pay gap between men and women.

Dr. Hakim says that men dominate top positions at leading companies not because of sexism, but because many women simply do not want long careers in business.  She says that despite 40 years of reforms to promote gender equality in the workplace, a woman’s financial dependence on a man “has lost none of its attractions.”

In a 52- page report, Hakin continues, “Women’s aspiration to marry up, if they can, to a man who is better-educated and higher-earning, persists in most European countries.

Her research drew on an extensive review of existing studies from around theworld, census data, and national surveys conductied in Britain and Spain.  An analysis of figured for Britain shows that in 1949, 20 percent of women married husbands with significantly higher levels of education than their own – by the late 1990s, that figure had almost doubled to 38 percent of women. Similar patterns can be seen across much of Europe, the US, and Australia.

Hakim goes on to say that many women did not want to “admit” that they were looking for a higher earning partner and that they even keep the fact a secret from the men they are dating.

“It has become impossible to say, ‘I wouldn’t mind being a housewife.’ It is so politically incorrect that a lot of women don’t want to admit it.”

An interesting find!

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