New Study: More Women Are “Marrying Down” These Days

Happy Newlyweds in Front of Mansion*Well excuse me lovers, this may not be the kind of reality you need on the one day that “love is in the air,” but, here it is anyway.

According to an L.A. Times article that references results from a Pew Research Center study, a record number of American women are “marrying down.”

Yes, apparently women in America are hooking up with and saying “I Do” to men who are less educated than they are.

Nearly 21% of married women in 2012 had a higher level of education than their spouses. This is a threefold jump from 1960, according to the Pew Research Center. At that time, a bit less than 20% of men had more formal education than their wives.

In the more than half-century that Pew has tracked the issue, this is the first time that a higher percentage of women than men have married down.

Apparently, the well-chronicled fact that women have surpassed men in college graduation rates in the last two decades is the reason for such a dramatic change.

Women marrying down resultsAmong college-educated newlyweds, 39% of women pledged their undying devotion to a non-grad. Only 26% of men did the same.

Even with their superior education, however, women aren’t necessarily marrying down when it comes to income, according to the report.

About 58% of better-educated women earned less than their husbands. Only 39% of women earned a higher salary.

Thanks to the Los Angeles Times for excerpts in this story.

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