AUTHOR
AMANDA
FRANCIS
Aug
19
2019
AUTHOR
AMANDA
FRANCIS
Aug
19
2019
Career

Securing Top Jobs Leads to Divorce Among Women Alone, Says WEF

Securing Top Jobs Leads to Divorce Among Women Alone, Says WEF

There's no feeling like being successful both in your professional and personal life and every person regardless of their gender would dream of having the best of both worlds. However, research conducted by WEF has revealed that women are paying a high price for a successful career; being promoted to jobs in business or politics has resulted in women facing a higher divorce rate than men. 

There was no such effect among men in politics

This study which was conducted in Sweden, a country famous for its more gender-equal labor markets is showing what could happen to countries that are moving to a similar trajectory. Swedish women are known to surpass men in the realm of educational qualifications, and they are close to matching the number of professional men in the market. On the other hand, Sweden was recently chosen as the best country for parents to have children and work, thanks to their great family policy system. While there are many women who do have successful careers and a family, there is a big question mark on what happens to her after she does ascend the corporate ladder. Swedish women in politics who were promoted to mayor or parliamentarian were analyzed to reveal that there was double the rate of divorce, there was no such effect among men in politics. Similarly, women in the corporate sector started divorcing at a higher rate than men after becoming a CEO. Also, divorce also looms among women in the private sector after they receive top promotions. 

Are highly successful women satisfied without a relationship?

Interestingly, women who divorced after securing a top job were highly unlikely to enter another relationship, which could mean that women highly successful women are actually satisfied without a relationship. But, why do women suffer more for their relationship due to work than men? The study stated that while ambitions professional women usually marry older men who are earning more and men marry younger women who have lower-paying jobs, the economic and status balance becomes topsy-turvy. The data from Sweden revealed that divorce was more likely when the wife is younger to her husband, received a good promotion and took more parental leave. However, this is not the case among gender-equal couples. Hence, couples who have a smaller age gap and divided their parental leave equally did get divorced due to promotions. Remember when Birgitta Ohlsson, a top Swedish politician said, "It is a cliché to say that the choice of a life partner is the single-most-important choice you will make in your life…it is a cliché because it is true." Was she right after all?

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AMANDA FRANCIS

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