A new study says that a lot of women would not, and would even refuse to, date or marry someone who makes less money than them. A hot topic over the past year, and ever ongoing, is equal pay for the same work across genders, and the fact that women are still earning less than their male counterpart for the same job in many cases.
Despite that battle, out of 3,000 single people surveyed, 22% of women surveyed say that they would not want to date someone who makes less money than them. Only 4% of men say they wouldn’t date someone who makes less than them. Overall singles (men and women) 11% of them say they wouldn’t date someone who makes less than them.
In addition to that, another study concluded that 69% of women would actually feel uncomfortable if they were the primary earner in their household.
Shannon Smith is the communications manager at Plenty of Fish, the dating website that conducted the survey. She says “we are in the midst of a women’s empowerment movement, and a broader conversation about the gender pay gap, so this could be a powerful representation of how women see their worth.”
Of course, this topic is based on overall income, not pay equality, but it does raise some interesting concerns about both.