By Nancy Mandell
When I was young and single, one of my mother’s favorite refrains was to remind me that “it’s just as easy to marry a rich man as a poor one.”
Well, mom, times have changed. Today it can more truthfully be said that it’s easier—and more likely—for a man to marry a wealthier woman than a poor one. A report on social and demographic trends from the Pew Research Center last month put my mother’s old saw to rest. Entitled “Women, Men and the New Economics of Marriage,” the report examines how “changes at the nexus of marriage, income and education have played out” among U.S-born men and women aged 30 to 44. For example, Pew researchers found that in 1970, only 4% of husbands had wives who brought home more income than they did—in 2007, the number rose dramatically to 22%!