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More Women 'Marrying Down'

College degrees, bigger paychecks mean women can marry 'beneath them'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2012 4:33 PM CDT
More Women 'Marrying Down'
This Friday, April 29, 2011 file photo shows Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey.   (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Kate Middleton's rags-to-riches marriage may seem weirdly anachronistic to future generations, the Daily Mail reports. According to a British study, women are not only more likely to get a higher education, they're less likely to "marry up" and more likely to "marry down." Brides born in 1958 had a 38% chance of marrying a richer hubby, but that dropped to 32% for brides born in 1970. The biggest increase: those who married within their own class, up 11 points to 56%. So hit the gym, guys, if women are going to be smarter and richer. (Read more marriage stories.)

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