Thursday, February 22, 2007

You, of course, are my readers . . .

You educated women and the rest of us who love you, that is.

"The Romantic Life of Brainiacs" says that you are not missing out the way that popular media say that "smart girls" do.

The Cliche: Pity the overschooled old maid and the lonely career woman. Highly educated or high-achieving women are less likely to marry and have children than other women. If they do marry, they are more likely to divorce. Even if they don't divorce, their marriages will be less happy. And, oh, yes, they'll be sexually frustrated, too.

The Reality In fact, educated women nationwide now have a better chance of marrying, especially at an older age, than other women. In a historic reversal of past trends - one that is good news for young girls who like to use big words - college graduates and high-earning women are now more likely to marry than women with less education and lower earnings, although they are older when they do so. Even women with PhDs no longer face a "success penalty" in their nuptial prospects. It might feel that way in their 20s, when women with advanced degrees marry at a lower rate than other women the same age. But by their 30s, women with advanced degrees catch up, marrying at a higher rate than their same-aged counterparts with less education.

Lots more there. Read the whole thing.



Blogger gl. said...

unless you don't want to get married at all, of course. :)

4:00 PM  
Blogger Luna said...

Not that you have to be married in your 30s. Living in sin is just as delicious. Especially when your comrade in wickedness is almost 10 years your junior . . . and hot.

7:07 PM  

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