I know many housewives that believe they are leaders of the family, and they don't make one red cent.
Of course, whether they are or not is up for debate. You can make yourself equal to your spouse in ways other than financially.
I believe half of the things I say and say half of the things I believe.
doesn't the woman with a better education have better options than those women who are less educated, assuming the higher education also translates into a higher income
that would then indicate the better educated woman can better afford to be selective than her less accomplished counterpart, who is more dependent on her husband's salary to provide for her family
additionally, family size is in decline, which would allow the wife more time to look for a spouse rather than bearing a larger number of children beginning at an earlier age
my belief is the woman who is better educated holds better cards and is therefor less desperate than less educated single women, being less dependent on the spousal income she can now be more discerning about emotional/cultural compatibility