Hey Feminists: "Strike A Blow For Equality. Marry A Poor Man."
A passage on a way men and women aren't equal -- in the choices available to them -- from On Our Minds: How Evolutionary Psychology Is Reshaping the Nature versus Nurture Debate, a book published in 2003 by Eric M. Gander:
The scandal of contemporary feminism is that many feminists have it exactly backward. It is not that women have fewer choices than men in modern American society. Rather, they have more "life choices."
In fact, with respect to work and "romance," women have three broad choices in modern American society.They can choose to pursue high status in a career only and thus forsake a potential mate, or they can choose to pursue high status in a potential mate only and thus forsake a career, or they can choose to pursue both high status in a career and high status in a potential mate. (If a woman is successful in this third option and children result, these children can always be put in expensive day-care centers or left with high-paid nannies.)
On the other hand, men in modern American society can choose to pursue high status in a career only and forsake a potential mate, or they can choose to pursue high status in a career and high status in a potential mate. But men cannot choose to pursue high status in a potential mate only and forsake a career, because unless a man is of high status no high-status women will want him.
Unfortunately for men, it appears that their options will remain limited. One reason is that powerful, high-status women (many of them avowed feminists, I suppose) who would be in a position to change the culture by marrying low-status males and thus "leading by example" tend, as we have seen, not to want to do so.
Thus, instead of talking about the "glass ceiling," wealthy, well-educated, high-status young women who are feminists might want to consider the following slogan: STRIKE A BLOW FOR EQUALITY. MARRY A POOR MAN.