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The Pew Research Center is out with a new study, the Los Angeles Times reports, saying that "a record number of American women are 'marrying down,' tying the knot with a husband who is less educated than they are."

The story goes on (and I'm going to quote it in its entirety here):

"Nearly 21% of married women in 2012 were better educated than their spouses, a threefold jump from 1960, according to the Pew Research Center. By contrast, a bit less than 20% of men had more formal education than their wives.

"In the more than half-century that Pew has tracked the issue, this is the first time that a higher percentage of women than men have married down.

"The dynamic is due partly to the well-chronicled fact that women have surpassed men in college graduation rates in the last two decades.

"Among college-educated newlyweds, 39% of women pledged their undying devotion to a non-grad. Only 26% of men did the same.

"Even with their superior education, however, women aren't necessarily marrying down when it comes to income, according to the report. About 58% of better-educated women earned less than their husbands. Only 39% of women earned a higher salary."
KC's View:
Why am I not surprised by the implication that even better-educated women are earning less money than men with lesser academic credentials?

I'm also not surprised by the central finding - that women increasingly are better educated than their spouses. I've lived with that reality for years - Mrs. Content Guy has both an MBA and a Masters in Education. I've got one lonely BA (and I was a film student).

As I told her yesterday when I emailed her this story, it just goes to show that she's always been ahead of her time.

Finally, isn't this just another way of saying what we guys have always known?

After all, the Pew Research Center probably spent a lot of money to find out that women are "marrying down," but I don't know a guy out there who would not admit that he "married up."