Over the years women have outgrown a passive mentality. Instead, they’re taking charge of their lives and becoming successful businesswomen and entrepreneurs. For some men that’s an attractive quality. Others just can’t seem to handle it.
How does the success of a single woman affect her dating life? Well, it depends on the man. Some women have found that men are intimidated by their confidence and success. Some men, however, embrace this and are completely supportive. Tiffany Hernandez, a 33-year old Gilt City Curator from Miami, has experienced both sides of the spectrum. One man expected her to go Dutch on a date while another understood her passion for her career. The latter is now her husband.
“It helps that my husband doesn’t expect me to cook, clean and be the traditional wife,” she said. “We don’t put any gender roles in our marriage which helps a lot. It’s just about balance and finding that right person that understands.”
Other women haven’t been so lucky. Even if a woman isn’t married to her job, being motivated and having her life together and a good career can scare some men away, or worse – they try to take advantage. For 38-year old Lindsay Ortega, a successful HR Manager in the Miami area, the most difficult thing is finding someone with the same drive and that accepts her for who she is. “The difficulties of dating and being a successful business woman has been people – not just men – automatically assuming there’s something wrong with me,” she admitted. “They assume I don’t want a family and move on. Others think I can be their sugar momma and want to move in after three dates.”
What women truly want is someone to match their hustle and to grow together as a couple. The biggest roadblock that many women experience is finding a man who is willing to be their cheerleader, their best friend, and their protector. Successful women are just like everyone else, they don’t need a Knight in Shining Armor. What they want is a man who will be there for them through thick and thin and doesn’t follow the conventional gender roles from the 1950’s. In the end, all women want to be respected and loved, no matter what they do for a living or what’s in their wallet.