Women 'Marrying Down' in Record Numbers
At least in terms of education, says Pew survey
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2014 5:57 PM CST
Updated Feb 16, 2014 7:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – A new survey by the Pew Research Center points out a milestone of sorts: For the first time, the percentage of women marrying a man with a lesser education is greater than the percentage of men marrying a woman with a lesser education. It's close, 21% vs. 20%, but expect the gap to widen—among newlyweds alone, the figures are 27% vs. 15%. The Los Angeles Times notes that in 1960, only about 7% of women fell into this category, but the number has risen steadily over the years as women have surpassed men in college graduation rates.

Pew uses the phrase "marrying down" in its writeup of the results, but emphasizes that the phrase refers only to education, not economics. In fact, most women (58%) who had more education than their husbands in 2012 actually earned less money. Click to read about another recent finding about modern marriage—that equal roles tend to lead to less sex.

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locomotivebreath1901
Aug 17, 2014 8:21 AM CDT
"...as women have surpassed men in college graduation rates" - only to find that a dismal job market awaits them, with massive student loans tagging along for the ride. Unemployed, in debt, and lonely is no way to start a life, girl. The fact remains, despite feminists' lies and self-loathing, the best way for any woman to stay out of poverty is to get married to a good man.
brianguy
Jun 19, 2014 1:34 PM CDT
studies like this are always highly deceptive, and the researchers should already know that going in but for some reason they ignore obvious factors! first of all, women are more drawn to fields that require higher degrees, masters degree or greater (teaching, psychology, child development), whereas men gravitate to fields that require a bachelors degree or less (technology/computers, engineering, construction management, military, fire/police, entrepreneurial, electrical, plumbing, etc etc). women also find themselves having greater opportunities for secondary education than men due to income expectations and family dynamics (check enrollment % in colleges nationwide)... they should be considering INCOME/WEALTH, not EDUCATION as the primary factor of marrying up or down. a primary example is my wife has 2 degrees and I have 1 because that's what our fields require, yet I bring home slightly more money year in and year out. therefore we're "equals" in our eyes, but according to this study she's married "down". give me a break!
Sheryl Brady
Mar 11, 2014 4:07 AM CDT
This is all common sense! I've heard tale, that you're born with it or not. Don't know if the tales true:)