A record number of American women are “marrying down,” tying the knot with a husband who is less educated than they are, according to a new study.
Nearly 21% of married women in 2012 were better educated than their spouses, a threefold jump from 1960, according to the Pew Research Center. By contrast, 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.
The dynamic is due partly to the well-chronicled fact that women have surpassed men in college graduation rates in the last two decades.
I am totally on board with this. A plumber will always be more useful than a politician or lawyer. Of course, my saying this doesn't stop people from insisting otherwise. Every time I write about being single, a slew of commenters claim it's because women only want powerful or rich guys. Then a few others tell me to get out of DC (for the record, I actually live in Virginia). Then there are others who blame my looks. I assume their wives and girlfriends are supermodels.