Pew: The Rise of Wives

January 20, 2010 | NeW Staff

Monday’s New York Times introduced an interesting discussion about working women and who they choose, or do not choose, to marry. The article, titled “More Men Marrying Wealthier Women,” addresses the increasing trend of women “slumming” it with less educated, less financially stable and more likely to be “blue collar” men. New research by the Pew Research Center confirms that women, more so then men, are more likely to be the lead breadwinner.


“Men now are increasingly likely to marry wives with more education and income than they have, and the reverse is true for women,” said Paul Fucito, spokesman for the Pew Center. “In recent decades, with the rise of well-paid working wives, the economic gains of marriage have been a greater benefit for men.”

What happens when women spend longer hours at the office to make that extra cheddar? Marriage, children and family are neglected, put off and many times, ignored entirely.

How does a working woman even attract a suitable mate when she is busy climbing the ladder of success? The NY Times article writes about a fashion stylist’s—Ms. Zielinski—conversation with her male friend. She recalls him telling her:


‘You are confident, have good credit, own your own business, travel around the world and are self-sufficient. What man is going to want you?”




Maybe. But underneath this comment is the reality that men often desire to “fix” or “rescue” women. Yet, as more and more women are able to manage their disasters, there is the appearance that women need men less.

What do you think? Besides the biology of it all, do women actually need men when we are making more money?

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