Marrying Up

The cliche that men feel insecure around women richer or smarter than they are, and so avoid dating them, always struck me as absurd. The men I know (and granted, they are a very special subset of American men: hipster New Yorkers who like to spend Saturday mornings at the farmer’s market followed by a yoga class) have no problem dating, or even marrying, women who make more. They realize it’s actually kind of awesome.

Finally, it seems other men are finally seeing the light. According to a new report by Pew based on Census data, men are increasingly likely to marry women who have more education and money than they do. Here’s the key figure: In 1970, 4 percent of husbands had wives who made more money; in 2007, 22 percent did. That’s huge.

Now we just need them to have the babies (and feed them, and take care of them), and we’ll be all set.

Photo by AMagill at Flickr

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