Post # 1
I heard this interesting story on NPR this morning: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122612096
They talked about a study that compares marriages in 2007 with those in 1970, when few wives worked. Here are some points I found interesitng. But the whole thing is worth a read:
- For the first time ever among those age 44 and younger —- more women than men have college degrees.
- “They say overwhelmingly — 87 percent — that it’s more important to have a man who can communicate well, who can be intimate and who will share the housework than to have someone who makes more money than you do.”
- Woman still make 77 cents to a man’s dollar, and their earnings can lag over time since women are more likely to cut back to care for children. But this, too, is shifting.
- Today, among U.S.-born 30- to 44-year-olds, the more educated you are, the more likely you are to be married.
Post # 3
Interesting that the likelihood of marriage goes up with how educated you are! I would have never suspected that, necessarily. Thanks for sharing these awesome stats!
Post # 4
Interesting facts. I agree, he needs to be a good communicator and partner, I can make my own $$§.
Post # 5
I heard the same story on the way to work, and thought how things have changed. Not that it’s a bad thing, I’m all for equality and financial independence for women. I wonder how men react to it though. They interviewed one guy, who was fine with it, but I wonder in general how many men would be or maybe are uncomfortable if the Mrs. makes more than he does. Mine has said it he’s a okay with it.
I also love that the “MRS” degree joke (that some women only go to college to find a husband) isn’t as applicable as it used to be.
Post # 6
It shouldn’t matter who makes more. I am a contractor for dept of defense, and my Fiance is a barber. I pay all the bills with my money and we live off his cash for incentives; groceries, gas, cigarettes, eating out, and all the stuff my kids ask for, oh and he’s saving for the wedding! It works fine for us, but some guys couldn’t deal with that, like my ex-husband!
Post # 7
I saw this on the news, about how women are more educated now, more than the men! Statistically.
I have to say, dating an educated, ambitious man was on my list! I hate “feeling” smarter than the men I’m with. At some point it turns into a lack of respect. Been there, done that!
I like that the gap is closing. My guy seems perfectly content to let me bring home the bacon for now, but he said in 2 months he’s mobilizing if he doesn’t have a job, so i guess he’s not *that* ok with being a stay at home husband.
Can’t say I’d be ok being a “sugar momma” literally though, lol. I gotta be with someone who pulls their weight!
Post # 8
I have more education than my Fiance (JD vs. BA) and I make more than him. Honestly… to find a guy around my age (I don’t really want to date someone much older) that has more education and makes more than me would be really hard. I’m really young to make as much as I do and not many people get a JD by age 23. I really don’t care though. My guy has a BA and is working towards a CFA, and he has a great job. Since we met his salary has increased over 25% and is objectively high for how old we are. Neither of us care that I happen to make more, its just a function of me choosing a higher paying career than he did. Plus– he really loves working and I do not. I have every intention of cutting back on hours once we have kids and retiring as soon as I’m able. He, on the other hand, would love to work full time until they kick him out of the office. 🙂 So over the span of a lifetime he might make more than me.