OK, gals—besides a fatter 401k, here's another benefit to boosting your income:
As a woman's earning power grows, she is more likely to choose an older, more attractive mate, says a new study published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology this month.
"Previous research shows that men place greater importance on physical attractiveness when picking a partner, whereas women focus much more on whether someone can provide material resources," says lead researcher Fhionna Moore, of Abertay Dundee University, in this interview on ScienceDaily.
That all changes as a woman's wealth increases. Debunking the so-called cougar effect, researchers theorize that being financially independent gives women greater confidence in choosing a mate who is older, attractive and more powerful.