Here's a major win for women: More wives than ever are more educated than their husbands, according to new data from the Pew Research Center.
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The Center analyzed information about the educational levels of married couples obtained through the Decennial Census and American Community Survey. And for the first time in the past 50 years, wives are, on average, earning higher degrees than their husbands. In 2012, 21 percent of women had "less-educated" spouses. To put that in comparison, 20 percent of women were married to more-educated men, and 60 percent of women had about the same education level as their spouses.
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Of course, you don't need a college degree to be successful in lifeÃ¢â‚¬”just look at Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. Still, what's with this trend in "marrying down" academically? Wendy Wang, Ph.D., research associate at the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends Project, says that some women might not care about a partner's education level so long as they're financially stable (see: the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs examples mentioned earlier). But other experts say that doesn't entirely explain the trend: "Women's criteria for a good relationship are changing," says Andrea Syrtash, a relationship expert and author of He's Just Not Your Type. "They tend to look for different traits in men that aren't education-related, like emotional support." It also makes sense women that who are more educated are more likely to be financially secure and aren't as concerned about looking for a man who can be a sole provider financially.
If you ask us, the change is a good thing since success in the workplaceÃ¢â‚¬”no matter which partner is achieving itÃ¢â‚¬”doesn't necessarily correlate to having a successful, rewarding relationship.
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