Dr Catherine Hakim, from the London School of Economics, is of the opinion that even though women often speak of financial independence and a career, this may not actually represent what they want.
Though women will never admit, especially at a time when there is so much talk about gender equality, all that women ever want is to marry rich and well-educated men.
In Dr Hakim's words, "Women's aspiration to marry up, if they can, to a man who is better-educated and higher-earning, persists in most European countries. Women thereby continue to use marriage as an alternative or supplement to their employment careers. It is thus not surprising that wives generally earn less than their husbands, and that most couples rationally decide that it makes sense for her to take on the larger share of childcare, and use most or all the parental leave allowance."
According to Dr Hakim, many women were not honest enough to admit that they preferred a partner with a fat income. "It has become impossible to say 'I wouldn't mind being a housewife,'" she said. "It is so politically incorrect that a lot of women don't want to admit it."