GLASS CEILING

06.02.13

Men Want Ambitious Women, Just Not Ones Who Earn More

Social norms still prevail of men as primary caregiver.

The social norm of men as the primary caregivers has never really faded from men’s minds, despite the fact that men have consistently performed behind women on the way to the top. And this attitude is affecting marriages, according to a paper by University of Chicago economists. While women’s earnings have been on more of a relative rise of the past 40 years, women are earning more than half of a family’s income in only 15 percent of households (although that is still larger than the 3.5 percent in 1960). The attitude is apparent in speed-dating sessions, where women say they want men who are talented and ambitious, and men say they want women with the same traits—but who earn less than they do.