Let’s consider what higher college attendance means for women. College may lead to a well-paying job, but it also limits prospects for marriage. Polls now show that women often look for a husband who earns more than she does so she can drop out of the workforce without hurting the family’s economic standing. This has brought a new word into our political vocabulary: hypergamy. That means a woman looking for a husband who earns more than she does. But with more women than men now attending college, higher-earning men are harder to find. And not only do women want higher-earning husbands, but non-college educated men are reluctant to marry women with a college degree. This is one of the many reasons why marriage is on the decline.
As for the women, college-educated or not, who do find husbands, some of them prefer to stay at home and raise their children. A 2013 Pew Research Center poll found that 61 percent of mothers would prefer to work part time or not at all. Women who do take jobs tend to work for fewer hours than men. Even liberal publications such as the New York Times magazine run articles from time to time about high-powered women who leave their jobs for the more fulfilling tasks of motherhood. In contrast, the National Bureau of Economic Research reports about these women who stick with the feminist dogma, “As women have gained more freedom, more education, and more power, they have become less happy.” That’s a really devastating indictment of feminism.
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