Women Say They’re More Successful Than Their Partners

Here’s some uplifting news for women in the workplace.

According to a new poll from the March issue of Women’s Health magazine, nearly half of all women feel they are more successful in their careers than the man in their life. 

The poll surveyed 900 women about their careers and found some very positive results like:

  • 49% of women feel they are more successful than their significant others
  • 78% feel they are doing well in their chosen field
  • 70% of women say they don’t need their partner to have more career success than they do

The poll also found that women “don’t feel they’ve made it until they are making at least $100,000 a year.”

Of the study Lisa Bain, the magazine’s executive editor says, “The feedback we get…is that the guys in their lives don’t feel threatened by their success—they’re more likely to get a kick out of it. Maybe that’s because the women themselves are comfortable with it…”

You mean women are excelling in the workplace and their partner’s manhood remains intact? And women themselves are ok with their success – say even proud of it?

Have you ever read a poll that told you the reverse? That women are no longer threatened by their boyfriend or husbands’ success and that men are finally proud of themselves and comfortable with their success?

Polls like that don’t exist because it has always been ok – even necessary – for men to be successful in their careers. But conversely women have fought long and hard to make their way in the workplace and many continue to fight to close the wage gap and scatter the glass ceiling once and for all.

I’m happy to see that women are feeling more confident and successful in their careers, but why is this so surprising? We should expect women to succeed in their careers just as much as we should expect this from men.

That would be a sign of true success.

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Lika S.
Lika P7 years ago

Why $100,000? I'm either successful or I'm not.

So in these cases, if it works that you have more of a Mr. Mom at home holding down the fort while Mrs. Mom brings home the bacon, if it works for you, go for it. If its one sided, it doesn't matter if you're traditional or modern.

It takes two to make a home work, and if there's kids, there needs to be order. So either do your thing, or make it work.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson7 years ago


Kate Florio
Kate F7 years ago

have a favor to ask of the person who added the picture to the article...
would it be possible to pick a picture and/or an anglein which we are not looking up her skirt? i would really appreciate it - thanks!!!

Kate Florio
Kate F7 years ago

in a lot of ways, i consider this as a very good thing, especially if the man likes being a househusband, or at least is willing to take on more of the household chores. an article i read said to divide the chores according to which person is better at them. if i am better at washing dishes and my husband is better at cooking, we will BOTH BE HAPPY!

so if both spouses love their jobs and do the chores they are better at, HOW CAN YOU MISSS??? very good system - it ALMOST makes me more willing to be married!!!

Shannon H.
Shannon H7 years ago

I make more than my husband, have a more stable job but I don't think I am more successful than him. He works hard at what he does, and unlike me, he loves his work. We are a team, and it's not really about who makes more or who is more successful. Success can be measured in so many ways.

Mahesh S.
Mahesh S7 years ago


Manuela C.
Manuela C7 years ago

Girl power!

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare7 years ago

Great :D
I'm sick of girls and women being so humble about their abilities and achievments because they are "sexier" this way, or because they dont want to hurt their men's feelings. If he cant be happy for me, or at least be mature about it and manage his jealousy, then I dont want him in my life.

Empress Ginger
Ginger Strivelli7 years ago

ya need to factor in....that these types of women...these career ladder climbing work-focused 'yuppie' women...tend to like men who are less macho, less competitive, less forceful, less aggressive. He's more the 'sensitive new age guy' type, he is with a strong, powerful, competitive, ambitious woman. He's not the alpha male in his household, so why would he be at his job?

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L7 years ago

I think this is good, but let's be careful here. I have worked in healthcare for over 41 years and women have generally made good money in healthcare and have thrived.

But what some of us were noticing were men without college educations were looking for women with college educations so they were assured of that higher income coming in. It didn't always make for happy marriages. We had one lady who was just starting out and was already making $80K/year. Her husband, not a college graduate, would roam the halls of ASU so he could meet college women. He met and married our friend this way. He made #30K a year while she made $80K and the nerve and she the stupidity to allow it, to tell her how they would spend their money. After 2 kids and 14 years of this guy and now earning $110K/year she left him. He made no effort to improve his education, skils or self and was telling the kids you don't have to go to college. I think that is what did it.

I am an older women and I admit I don't like it when the woman is pulling down the bulk of the income, especially when there is no effort on the other spouse to improve their own lot in life. There is also something wrong, I believe, when a woman is willing to support her husband again especially when he does nothing to improve.