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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.
Womens 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.
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Even successful women want to find men even more successful than they are, and that’s why a lot of them are never satisfied.
I didn’t need a newspaper article to know this. Most men don’t.
I married for love.
Why would a rich guy marry such women?
Might as well get a 20 year old girlfriend and trade her out every 4 years.
Can I get an AMEN!!!
The good ones want to marry a rich man.
Lots of ‘em want to divorce a rich man...
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.
“Why would a rich guy marry such women?”
To have a family?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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! :-)
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?
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.
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.
Let me guess - no kids, either.
Bunch of self-centered women looking for some way to “matter”.
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.
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
With the quality of education declining, and the overabundance of college educated twits, master carpenters, plumbers, and electricians might be the new rich!
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.
I love that line. I'm not married yet, though.
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.
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.
I definitely understand! :-)
Many men put the business in the wife’s name just for such breaks/perks. She’s there in name only.
You mean women still want to be able to stay home and raise their own children? What a concept!
Problem is the culture tells them to be ashamed of this desire.
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.
I know more than a few that are gonna be alone with their cats and chocolate by their mid to late 30s.
And the last line of the joke is:”That’s when I found out I was not
wired for 2/20!” :^}
In general unsatisfied women turn on themselves. Unsatisfied men turn on society.
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.
From the 10 reasons guns are better than women.
You can trade an old 44 for two 22's.
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