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A group of us were sitting around chatting. Someone used the expression about women going to college for an MRS. degree. Some of the younger people had never heard the expression. Someone explained that in the past some women went to college more to get a husband than to get an education.
One of the women in the group said that one of her high school classmates directed her college plans to include husband. My friend, who grew up in the Detroit area, said her classmate was a very smart but very homely young woman. The young woman in question, my friend said, chose to go to an engineering school on the upper peninsula of Michigan, a school where men outnumbered women by a very large ratio. My friend said her high school classmate managed to graduate with both a degree in engineering and a fiance.
While we all laughed, another person in the group said he thought for sure that his cousin's daughter chose to go to VMI for both its engineering program and its large difference in the number of male to female students. Again, the young woman graduated with an engineering degree, a military commission and an engagement ring. Like the first woman, she was very smart, very athletic but very plain.
So the question is ... despite the best intentions of feminists and others, do women still consider college a place to hunt for a husband?