The overall effect is that all women have a chance to marry into a high(er)-status, whereas lower-status men do not.
The women from the higher castes were not allowed to marry men from a lower caste.
This concept, cited in the Vedas as the Anuloma was justified as the mechanism to keep the Hindu ideological equivalent of the gene pool from degrading.
The drudgery of endless feeding and nappy changes is arguably easier to cope with if you haven’t had to give up a stimulating career to deal with it.
If you can’t afford holidays in the first place, you’re less likely to object to the virtual house arrest that motherhood entails.
An empirical study examined the mate preferences of subscribers to a computer dating service in Israel that had a highly skewed sex ratio (646 men for 1,000 women).
Despite this skewed sex ratio, they found that "On education and socioeconomic status, women on average express greater hypergamic selectivity; they prefer mates who are superior to them in these traits...
Feminist analysis of hypergamy says the practice needs to be understood in the context of a patriarchial system: men choose attractive partners because they can, and women choose partners with material resources simply because they make life more comfortable.
Feminist historians say lower-status families participate in hypergamy because it's felt that the best possible use of a daughter is for her to increase the status of her natal family by marrying up.
They argue that as societies shift towards becoming more gender-equal, women's mate selection preferences will shift as well.