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Women 'want rich husbands, not careers': New survey claims drive for gender equality is a myth
Daily Mail ^ | 01/04/11 | Eleanor Harding

Posted on 01/10/2011 7:12:20 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Women 'want rich husbands, not careers': New survey claims drive for gender equality is a myth

By Eleanor Harding

Last updated at 11:05 AM on 4th January 2011

Woman still want to ‘marry up’ and naturally choose husbands who earn more than themselves, a report suggests.

The idea of most women wanting to be financially independent is a myth, according to Catherine Hakim of the London School of Economics.

Despite years of equality campaigning, more women are choosing to marry wealthy men than in the 1940s, the expert claims.

In her report, published by the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, she suggests men dominate the top positions because women simply do not want careers in business.

She criticised David Cameron for backing the idea of quotas to ensure that leading companies appointed more women to their boards.

‘Women’s aspiration to marry up, if they can, to a man who is better-educated and higher-earning persists in most European countries,’ she said. ‘Women thereby continue to use marriage as an alternative or supplement to their employment careers.’

The research, which drew on existing data drawn from Britain and Spain, showed that 20 per cent of British women married husbands with a significantly better education than their own in 1949.

By the 1990s, the percentage of women deciding to ‘marry up’ had climbed to 38 per cent – with a similar pattern repeated in the rest of Europe, the US and Australia.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catherinehakim; davidcameron; equality; feminism; marriage

1 posted on 01/10/2011 7:12:24 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Even successful women want to find men even more successful than they are, and that’s why a lot of them are never satisfied.


2 posted on 01/10/2011 7:15:11 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Who knew?

I didn’t need a newspaper article to know this. Most men don’t.


3 posted on 01/10/2011 7:15:53 AM PST by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of "lberals, Islam and illegal immigration.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

4 posted on 01/10/2011 7:17:41 AM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat, they sh#t one)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I married for love.


5 posted on 01/10/2011 7:29:37 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Why would a rich guy marry such women?

Might as well get a 20 year old girlfriend and trade her out every 4 years.


6 posted on 01/10/2011 7:32:50 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: VanDeKoik

Can I get an AMEN!!!


7 posted on 01/10/2011 7:36:53 AM PST by AlmaKing
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The good ones want to marry a rich man.

Lots of ‘em want to divorce a rich man...


8 posted on 01/10/2011 7:43:32 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 720 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: dfwgator
Even successful women want to find men even more successful than they are, and that’s why a lot of them are never satisfied.

And if they do marry a wealthy man, in a couple of years his status will not be enough to satisfy her ego, she will attempt to make HIS wealth HER wealth in the divorce, and move on.

This is why, as another poster noted, rich guys would do better to get 20-year-old girlfriends and trade them every few years. The big issue would involve any desire for children, which might be solved by him adopting kids who would be EXCLUSIVELY his and could not be taken away by divorce.

9 posted on 01/10/2011 7:43:56 AM PST by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: VanDeKoik

“Why would a rich guy marry such women?”

To have a family?


10 posted on 01/10/2011 7:44:07 AM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: dfwgator

With colleges attendees now over 60% female and rising, something tells me there is going to be a LOT of unsatisfied women in the future.

We forget how recently this experiment in gender relations began. And we seem to just ignore what a massive change it was. We basically took the hard learned wisdom of 6000 years and tossed them all out the window.

And people are surprised that we are left with some unintended consequences.


11 posted on 01/10/2011 7:44:31 AM PST by DManA
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To: swain_forkbeard

The odds that by marrying a woman and procreating you will end up with a family are slimmer every year.

But you’re right, that is the only chance a man has.


12 posted on 01/10/2011 7:46:39 AM PST by DManA
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To: TigerLikesRooster

If they are not interested in equality anymore can we do something about the ones that always vote for the Obama-types? I am just saying...LOL


13 posted on 01/10/2011 7:51:18 AM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

When I was in law school in the 1980s, there were plenty of female law students. The Women’s Law School Association held but one mixer, with the Med School students!

I suspect most of the Med School students weren’t too interested.


14 posted on 01/10/2011 7:51:18 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: All

Without this dynamic, there would be no such thing as Gift Shops, and dinky little stores that sell trinkets. Women use their rich husband’s wallets to bankroll failing business ideas. Ideas based on social status.

This accounts for a LARGE portion of female-owned businesses.


15 posted on 01/10/2011 7:58:01 AM PST by Celerity
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I know someone who did her Master’s Thesis on the best ways for a woman in poverty to get out of poverty. She looked at government programs, education, etc. No matter how she crunched the numbers, the only sure-fire way for a woman to escape poverty was to marry someone with a steady income.

She was a bit embarrassed by the results, since academics always assume that education and government programs are the solution to everything, but she turned in her paper, got her degree, and then quietly tossed the thesis into the trash.


16 posted on 01/10/2011 7:59:33 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial. And Post-Partisan. Agent Of Hope And Change. EVER.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

I did too. Hubby was a broke college student when we met and married. He was simply the best guy I’d ever met.

Neither of us is perfect, but we’re perfect for each other! :-)


17 posted on 01/10/2011 8:00:46 AM PST by Marie (Obama seems to think that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since Camp David, not King David)
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To: Celerity

I might have to disagree with you on the “large portion” part of your assertion, if you meant that it was a majority.

Another incentive for “female-owned businesses” is the government-based incentive - easy loans, grants, tax breaks, etc, for “minority-owned businesses”.

Easy to put your wife’s name on the family business and get all those perks, now, isn’t it?


18 posted on 01/10/2011 8:05:13 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Marie

Me too.

My DH puts up with me.
I have a degree and he doesn’t.

Besides, he is a cutie.

Now for my girls, I tell them to get good degrees and be able to support the men they love. Cause Lord knows, that guy could be sweet, wonderful, treat her like gold but (like my Goddaughter) be striving to be a Brewmeister. (I kid you not).
My Goddaughter is 22 and about to graduate with a degree from Columbia. She is brilliant and loves him to pieces.


19 posted on 01/10/2011 8:07:29 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: MrB

These are the same people who list their Dog as a Security expense. I know the type.

A trip down any road in Westport CT will reveal the face of this dynamic. The new-age gift shops, “Angel Shops” and cutely-named trinket shops that have no customers - save other rich female business owners on the same street.

Like celebrities, they make the daily rounds to stroke each other’s psychological g-spots.


20 posted on 01/10/2011 8:08:21 AM PST by Celerity
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To: Celerity

Let me guess - no kids, either.
Bunch of self-centered women looking for some way to “matter”.


21 posted on 01/10/2011 8:10:42 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

In the factory that employs me, women are equal to, and the same as, men, and can do anything a man can do, and women are special, and have special needs, and need to be treated specially. Maddening, sometimes.


22 posted on 01/10/2011 8:12:13 AM PST by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Girls are fakin’, Goodness sakin’
They want a man who brings home the bacon
Got no money and you got no car
Then you got no woman and there you are


23 posted on 01/10/2011 8:14:07 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: DManA

Depends.
With the quality of education declining, and the overabundance of college educated twits, master carpenters, plumbers, and electricians might be the new rich!


24 posted on 01/10/2011 8:15:15 AM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: netmilsmom

I did expect my husband to financially take care of us once we had children. I wanted to be there for them full-time. But I didn’t have expectations as to how he’d do that or how much he’d earn. I was willing to live in a trailer if that was the best he could do.

The irony is that he’s done really well and we still live in a trailer while we save up to build our house. :-)

I urge my daughter to get her degree even though she wants a traditional marriage for the sake of security. (”OK. Let’s say you marry the most wonderful man in the world. Let’s say that you two get along and nothing tragic happens. He could still get into a car accident and you’d be left to raise your kids on your own. A degree is insurance. Buy it.”) She’s going for an education major now.


25 posted on 01/10/2011 8:19:25 AM PST by Marie (Obama seems to think that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since Camp David, not King David)
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To: VanDeKoik
When my wife hits 40, I'm gonna trade her in for two 20 year olds.

I love that line. I'm not married yet, though.

26 posted on 01/10/2011 8:19:30 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Marie

As Mr. Gun admits, I brought all the ASSETS to the marriage....on so many levels! Bottom line? I knew I couldn’t live without him.


27 posted on 01/10/2011 8:19:59 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The divorce and child support laws in this country are deplorable. Make some adjustments there, and at least the gold-digging “phenom” would change quickly.


28 posted on 01/10/2011 8:21:58 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

I definitely understand! :-)


29 posted on 01/10/2011 8:22:52 AM PST by Marie (Obama seems to think that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since Camp David, not King David)
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To: MrB

Many men put the business in the wife’s name just for such breaks/perks. She’s there in name only.


30 posted on 01/10/2011 8:25:03 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

You mean women still want to be able to stay home and raise their own children? What a concept!


31 posted on 01/10/2011 8:26:19 AM PST by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Let's Roll

Problem is the culture tells them to be ashamed of this desire.


32 posted on 01/10/2011 8:27:19 AM PST by DManA
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To: dfwgator

When men were inherently higher status than women, most women could marry “up.”

In today’s world this is no longer possible for the highest status women, especially since many high-status men still have no problem marrying well “below” them.


33 posted on 01/10/2011 8:27:23 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: DManA
something tells me there is going to be a LOT of unsatisfied women in the future.

I know more than a few that are gonna be alone with their cats and chocolate by their mid to late 30s.

34 posted on 01/10/2011 8:32:01 AM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: thefactor

And the last line of the joke is:”That’s when I found out I was not
wired for 2/20!” :^}


35 posted on 01/10/2011 8:34:10 AM PST by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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To: SIDENET

In general unsatisfied women turn on themselves. Unsatisfied men turn on society.


36 posted on 01/10/2011 8:42:25 AM PST by DManA
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To: Marie; anniegetyourgun; TigerLikesRooster

Thank goodness I’m unlike ‘most’ women. I guess I’m a myth in that I’m financially independent without a husband. The idea that 38 per cent of women have ‘married up’ shows that intelligent, educated women like the same in their partners, not that independence is a myth. I’d like to find an intelligent, unpretentious man to complete my life.


37 posted on 01/10/2011 8:46:20 AM PST by PuzzledInTX
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To: Marie

Smart girl!


38 posted on 01/10/2011 11:40:57 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: thefactor; VanDeKoik; TigerLikesRooster
When my wife hits 40, I'm gonna trade her in for two 20 year olds.

From the 10 reasons guns are better than women.

You can trade an old 44 for two 22's.

39 posted on 01/10/2011 12:11:10 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: TigerLikesRooster

women want GOOD husbands is more accurate. those. who will take good care of them and the family.....you can be rich and not be any of that

though its no coincidence rich men rarely have ugly or fat women-wives


40 posted on 01/11/2011 5:52:05 PM PST by wardaddy ("Out Here" by Josh Thompson pretty much says it all to those who will never understand anyhow)
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