A new study from the Pew Research Center is showing that more and more women who are well-educated are marrying down. This means that they are marrying men who are less educated than they are. In 1960 only 6.9% of women were more educated than their husbands. In 2012 that number has jumped to 21%. In fact there are more couples that are married with the woman being more educated than there are with men being more educated.
The last two decades have shown that women have a higher college graduation rate than men do. Statistics about college-educated newlyweds shows that 39% of women got married to someone who had not graduated from college while only 26% of men married a woman that had not graduated. Does this make the women better than the men? Of course not, but it shows that women may be more willing to marry someone that has decided that education is not for them.
Even though the women may be more educated than men, they still earn less. Around 58% of women that were better educated than their male counterparts earned less. Only 39% of married women that were more educated than their husbands made more money. This just goes to show that there is still inequality in the workplace for men and women no matter what their education level is. As of 2012, women were still earning 76.5 cents per every dollar that a man made. According to a Census Bureau, men made a median annual salary of $49,398 while the women earned a median of $37,791. The gap had narrowed considerably from the 80s to the 90s but since then hasn’t made much of a move.