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Who Benefits Most from Marriage, Men or Women?

It used to be that a woman needed to marry a man for financial security, etc. How times have changed. A new study by Pew Research Center taking data from the Census between 1970 and 2007 revealed that more women today have college degrees than men. Additionally, women's earnings grew 44% from 1970 to 2007, compared with 6% for men. However, men on average still make more. Census data from 2008 showed that women still only make 77.8 cents on the dollar compared to men for doing the same work. It's pretty amazing to think about how low the wages were before. No wonder more women stayed at home. What's most impressive with this new data, however, is answering the question of who benefits more from marriage--at least financially. The answer is men. Increases in median household income for married men jumped 61% from 1970 to 2007, for women 60%. For unmarried women their income jumped 59% and unmarried men saw the smallest increase at 16%. Now if only we could work on that equal pay thing. Click here to read the full article.

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