Brainy women

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In June 1986, Newsweek cre­ated an ur­ban leg­end by re­port­ing that a 40-year-old sin­gle wo­man was “more likely to be killed by a ter­ror­ist” than to ever marry. It was only last June — two decades later — that the news­magazine pub­lished a mea culpa, ac­knowl­edg­ing it had mis­in­ter­preted and mis­rep­re­sented a study’s find­ings on the sub­ject.

But it was a col­umn by Mau­reen Dowd of the New York Times in Jan­uary 2005 echo­ing the same theme that prompted Chris­tine B. Whe­lan to re­search and write “Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women,” pub­lished last fall, to “shat­ter the myth” that high ed­u­ca­tion and achieve­ment hold back women’s mat­ri­mo­nial and moth­er­hood prospects.

Ad­dress­ing the monthly Con­ser­va­tive Women’s Net­work lun­cheon at the Her­itage Foun­da­tion on May 18, Miss Whe­lan said that those she calls “SWANS” — strong women achiev­ers, no spouse — marry at the same rate as other women, just a lit­tle bit later in life. In fact, she told the gath­er­ing that a new study found that “in­creased ed­u­ca­tion in­creases your chances of mar­riage.”

“Be hon­est about your achieve­ment,” coun­seled Miss Whe­lan, 29, who is en­gaged to be mar­ried next month to a lawyer. “It’s not hold­ing you back.”

“Gen­tle­men pre­fer brains,” she added.

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