Wives More Educated Than Their Husbands for First Time, Study Shows

February 20, 2014 - 5:49 PM

That 1960s-style housewife is more elusive than ever - women have more degrees their husbands for the first time, according to data analyzed and collected by the Pew Research Center.

A threefold increase since 1960, 21% of married women have more degrees than their husbands, while 20% of husbands have more degrees than their wives.

Since 1990, women have outpaced men in obtaining higher education. So, it's not surprising that in 2012, 27% of women married a spouse who had less education than them.

Despite women overtaking their men in education, the majority of newlywed women are still marrying men who make more than they do. In 2012, 58% of women who married a man who had less education than they did were out-earned by their less-educated husband.

Good news, guys - this means you will be paying for that dinner date, while also paying off your wife's student loans.