What do you think men look for in a wife? Jean talks with Dr. Christine Whelan, who completed a study of 1,600 high-achievers for her book Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women
, to help bust the myths about successful career women and marriage.
According to Dr. Whelan's study:
- Men do not want to marry subordinate women. Ninety percent say they're looking for women with equal intelligence.
- Sixty-eight percent of men said that smart women make better mothers. Dr. Whelan says this generation is not thinking that career women are neglecting their families.
- Women shouldn't downplay their success at the start of a relationship. If they do, Dr. Whelan says they'll never know if they've found a match.
- Forty-five percent of high-achievers participate in online dating, which is a great way to meet people and get to know them efficiently, Dr. Whelan says.
- A woman in her early 30s, who lives in a mid-size city, has a master's degree and earns $55,000 a year, has an 84 percent chance of getting married, according to Dr. Whelan.
- As a woman, the best way to find someone who fits you is to stop perpetuating these myths, Dr. Whelan says. Be confident in your position in life, and look to meet people at events, as opposed to bars.