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Well-Educated Women Get Divorced at a Higher Rate

Well-Educated Women Have Less Successful Marriages


A survey of more than 100,000 professionals found that the more educated a woman, the less likely she'll have a successful marriage. Those with MBAs are twice as likely to get divorced or separated as men with the same educational background, and slightly more likely to have a failed marriage than women with bachelor degrees. Women with law or medical degrees are also more likely to divorce or separate than men with equivalent diplomas.

The woman conducting the study, Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson, is herself a divorcee and said "In a lot of ways women aren't getting the same deal as men. Women can't have it all because there is a social stigma to having or being a stay-at-home spouse." OK, so maybe you're thinking this seems like the same old story that we've heard a million times before? Here's an interesting fact to service your hum-drum Hump Day — the study also found that professional women "opt-out" from marriage at double and occasionally triple the rate of men.

Professor Wilson suggested that very successful women "can't summon up the TLC and support that high-earning men need," and should focus on "targeting particularly loving and supportive men." Shouldn't that be the goal no matter your education or income?

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