Women Say They're More Successful Than Their Boyfriends — And Everyone Is Fine With It

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According to a poll, 49% of (straight) women feel they're more successful than their significant others. But doesn't this mean they are destined for a life of cheating and misery? That is, after all, "how the world works!"


The poll, conducted by Women's Health and reported in the NY Post, asked 900 women about their career success. Since almost half felt they were more successful than their dudes, I expected a screed about the "divorce cur$e" in the and how uppity women need to learn to treat their men like Men. But no! Women's Health editor Lisa Bain is bullish about this new (supposed) trend. She says,

It's great to see a finding like this. It's a measure of how confident women are feeling these days, and how many more opportunities they feel they have in their careers.

And: "The feedback we get . . . is that the guys in their lives don't feel threatened by their success — they're more likely to get a kick out of it. Maybe that's because the women themselves are comfortable with it, as our poll showed — 70 percent of them say they don't need for their partner to have more career success than they do."

Shocking! You mean women are somehow able to succeed at work without becoming unlovable ball-breakers? And men are able to actually appreciate their partners' success? While I'm not sure the poll was scientifically conducted (and why didn't they talk to any lesbians, who may actually make more money than straight women?), it's at least nice to hear women's career success talked about without hand-wringing.

The poll's other findings are a little strange, though. According to the Post, "Fifty-six percent of women also think they are more successful than their friends, and 51 percent think they are more successful than their siblings." So maybe Women's Health readers are just narcissists.


Half Of Women Feel More Successful Than Their Man [NY Post]'s



Hypothesis: I think we will be seeing more of this attitude shift as more people raised by single mothers (and, moreover, grew up among peers who were also were raised by single women) come into their own in their careers. They are not unaccustomed to seeing a woman be the primary breadwinner.