I was listening to BBC Radio when I heard about the above quoted paragraph and heading above. I then went online searching for this news article published on NewYork Times. Here are parts of the quoted segments of the analysis report:
"The analysis examines Americans 30 to 44 years old, the first generation in which more women than men have college degrees. Women’s earnings have been increasing faster than men's since the 1970s."
"Men now are increasingly likely to marry wives with more education and income than they have, and the reverse is true for women," said Paul Fucito, spokesman for the Pew Center. "In recent decades, with the rise of well-paid working wives, the economic gains of marriage have been a greater benefit for men."
Although I know that it's not the case with women in the developing countries, still, I have heard and actually seen some women from Tanzania who are elite, educated, have good paying jobs and never want to get married or would rather marry men who aren't going to quickly get glued to their successes. But then again, that number, though growing (don't have statistical data to back up my claim, it's just a mere oral discussion and chit-chat) it is like a drop of water in the ocean. The majority of our society is still poor and women are even poorer though, they are the backbones of most families.
It's a challenge and it's rising. There dynamics in the society are never in equilibrium, we are always experiencing constant shifts and changes. I think the problem is not going to dwell in the change itself, but in accepting and accommodating the changes.
"We've known for some time that men need marriage more than women from the standpoint of physical and mental well-being, now it is becoming increasingly important to their economic well-being as well," said Stephanie Coontz, a professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., and research director for the Council on Contemporary Families, a research and advocacy group.
"I’m not married, I would like to be married, and my friends are all in a similar situation... "We're having difficulty finding someone where there's a meeting of the minds, where we can have the same goals and values... "Particularly, African-American men who are educated want a traditional home where they are the breadwinner," said Dr. Rajalla Prewitt, a 38-year-old psychiatrist in New Jersey., who is also a black woman.
Read the full article at: www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/us/19marriage.html