I love it when societal norms are tweaked.
Consider this story in which it is found that an increasingly large number of men are improving their financial situation when they get married because wifey makes more than they do. One of the several reasons given is that wifey is smarter than hubby and so has a job that pays more.
Although, inevitably, the mean wages for women is still less than for men, meaning women with equal brainpower still make less. Total equality still eludes us.
Speaking for myself, I’m just fine with my wife making more than I do. She’s held four different jobs, counting her current one, since we got married. In each job she started out making less than I was, but by the time she left she was making more. This speaks both to the rapidity at which her talents were recognized and, let’s be honest, the stagnation that is journalism today. I used to say editors had a cross stick over their desks that said “You didn’t go into journalism to get rich.” Now it says “Be glad you have a job.”
Getting back to the main subject — I’d like to hear from you — how do you feel? If your wife makes more than you do, are you happy? Threatened? Jealous? Too dim to notice?
I’m not going to get involved in that whole “wife is smarter” part of the survey — heck, I’ve known that for years, and so has any other male of the species who wasn’t a complete dimwit. My wife getting a Ph.D. has nothing to do with that, either.
So, how do you feel? Post thoughts here or send to firstname.lastname@example.org