it's been some time since I read this article, and I have fresh new perspective--actually, it's harsher perspective. I want you to please show it to your mothers. I, like some women who have commented here, married "down." I think that most women in all cultures do so. It happens regularly because societies underestimate the value of women and don't educate them to the degree that the women can handle. Some societies even intentionally keep women down, making it seem like the norm for men to marry down, with "nary a complaint." There is no complaint because the women are taught to Shut Up, because to divorce is a bigger shame on your family than to live with an abusive spouse.
On the other side, many societies teach their sons to have perfect manners and warm personalities and behave generously when outside the home. Treat elders and strangers with respect. Inside, the home, is a different story--they are expected to do absolutely. nothing. Their mommas treat them like royalty, and they don't lift a finger for anything they want, and anything that comes into their heads is brought to them. Over generations, this tradition gets skewed a bit, and the sons of poorer families are not necessarily treated like royalty, but still do not learn that society expects things of them. Or, possibly worse, they understand that they have responsibilities but have no idea how to handle them, because nobody taught them the basics. Where women are taught how to deal with everything which comes into the house, men are taught to look at the women for answers. If the women harbors a wish to make a difference in the world by earning a degree and working to help society, she is still expected to run the ship at home.
It should come as no surprise, then, that some sisters are "finding themselves unmarried." No, silly boys, they are CHOOSING to remain unmarried, because they are natural mothers and well-educated problem-solvers, and they feel that if they take the wrong man home, the days of contributing to the larger family of society are over and they will give birth and do dishes until they die. No, I have anecdotal evidence of this. One sister I know received an arranged marriage. Her mother feared she would be sneaking out and committing haraam acts, and so found her a husband. The entire family conspired to "convince" her that this was the best thing for the family. The man she wanted to marry came against opposition from his family, who didn't approve her. So later, when she fought with her arranged husband (and who knows what the reason was because what happeess, right?) her mother was known to say: "It was a mistake to send a daughter to college."
Brothers, THIS is what women anticipate if they marry "down." Why do you not try raising your expectations of yourself? Why not try doing something than ogling women with degrees, and demonstrate (with actions, not words) that you will also have something to contribute to the larger family of society, as well as being able to pick up after yourself at home. A man who can cook and clean is Sexy.