There are however many conservative columnists and pundits generally who’d like us all to believe that lie. Amanda at Pandagon debunks the following common claims (how many have you heard, and more importantly, at least partly believed?):
Assertion #1: Women need marriage more than men, and it’s their marriages, not their jobs, that help save them from depression.
Assertion #2: Women’s depression is the result of equality.
Assertion #3: Higher status in career and education makes it harder for women to get married.
Assertion #4: Climbing the education and career ladder makes women unhappy.
By this point, you probably won’t be surprised when I tell you that none of these assertions is supported by actual evidence. Amanda lays out the evidence that women who achieve independent financial &/or career security are actually both happier generally and more likely to be happily partnered than women who are enmeshed in financial & social dependence, and here is the conclusion:
According to the APA, men and women aren’t so different after all. We’re both huge risk factors for depression if we have crappy, underpaid, unappreciated work. We’re both more stable if we have some independently attained stability.
The big difference is that women are still less likely to obtain some independent financial/career stability, and there’s nothing either “natural” or feminist-caused about that gap.