Forget ambition, financial security and that first-class degree.
A controversial study has concluded that the real reason women pursue careers is because they fear they are too unattractive to get married.
The research team, made up of three women and two men, said that when men are thin on the ground, 'women are more likely to choose briefcase over baby'.
And the plainer a woman is, they claim, the more she is driven to succeed in the workplace.
Central to their argument was the idea that women have evolved to become homemakers and men, providers.
They said this means that when men are scarce in a particular area, women, and particularly less attractive ladies, may decide they need to provide for themselves with a well-paid career.
What the study really means is that women who have had body issues pounded into their heads all their lives that they're not attractive, that they're not valued in society other than as adjuncts for powerful men and as baby factories, tend to buy into the horrible images that society lays out for them. Surprising, I know.
The Daily Mail smugly declares feminism the resort of "unattractive" women who can't find a man, so real women stay at home.
Which is of course the exact opposite of what Mitt Romney said in January.
"I wanted to increase the work requirement,” said Romney. “I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless.’ And I said, ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.”
The dignity of work. Good enough for your family and Michelle Obama. Not for Ann Romney, who is a "real woman" for not working a day in her life.