Yes, Leah, cultural changes that contribute, AND cultural changes as a result, right?
I'd read something about this a while ago where the author claimed this would not be good for relationships. That author claimed marriages fared better when the husband has more education than the wife. I think this was based on statistical data. With this cultural shift of more and more women earning more degrees than men, the chances of a man being more educated than his wife are greatly reduced.
The conclusion drawn in the article was that men's egos couldn't take it if their wife had more education or earned more than they did. Several men I've mentioned this to heartily disagree.
So I wonder, were those successful marriages with men having more education just a coincidence? Were past generations more sensitive to education levels than current generations?
I think that in previous generations men drew more heavily on their ability to provide for a family as part or their identity. whether or not that is a good thing to have changed or not is debateable. probably some good and some bad. considering how many men are willing to abandon their children, it is kinda sad that men seem to take less pride in their ability to provide. their manhood has been stripped from them in some sense in that the message is sometimes 'we don't need you". along with the fallacy that has been fed to women that they must be like men to be valuable it spells bad news for children imo. yet I think of course women should be 'culturally free' to choose their own path. they should also be respected for taking on a more traditional role and the value that has for a family. historically speaking women needed men as protectors and providers, as any woman who has been pregnant and had children knows. you can imagine the vulnerability and helplessness a woman is burdened with in a primitive enviroment. being in early pregnancy myself the illness and exhaustion that comes with the territory make me acutely aware right now of my husbands support. hopefully the pendulum will settle in the middle eventually and society will have a nice balance.