Ridhi Kashyap is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology and Nuffield College, University of Oxford. She researches demographic change in comparative perspective, and is particularly interested in changing population structures in Asia.
More women are going into higher education than ever before and that rise is set to continue. This is a success story for India, yet our research, published in the journal, <em>Demography</em>, highlights that the custom of men marrying women who are less educated than they are remains widespread. Population projections by age and educational attainment suggest that by 2050 a high proportion of Indian women will be as educated, if not more so, than men. So isn't it time that men (and their families) started to celebrate this fact, viewing a good education as yet another attribute in a bride?