New generation stay-at-home fathers could come into existence with an increase in women who outsmart men in education and at workplace, warns a senior British Government minister.
The new trend will see successful women force to 'marry down' by choosing partners less qualified than them - and select men based on how supportive they might be to their careers, rather than whether they can support them financially, said Universities minister David Willetts.
Willetts predicted relationships and traditional household structures will be transformed as the fairer sex powers ahead, and women earn more than their male partners.
He said there was clear evidence from schools that boys are 'lagging behind', and are being overtaken by female students at university.
Speaking to Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News, Willetts said the trend might lead to a change in household living.
"I am not against women having those advantages but there is now a rather striking gap, if you look at the statistics, where it looks as if approximately 50 per cent of women are graduating from university by the time they're 30 and perhaps about 40 per cent of men," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
"It may lead to changes in the patterns of household living. So there are some deep questions here," he added.
Many educated British women believe there is already a dearth of traditional husbands.