02/20/2014 05:54 pm ET Updated Feb 24, 2014

Earning My Ph.D Dealt My Marriage A Final Blow

We tell our spouses we want what's best for them, but is that really always the case?

In a HuffPost Live segment Wednesday discussing a recent study on women "marrying down" educationally, social worker Gretchen Peterson says her now ex-husband seemed supportive of her career, but things quickly went south in their marriage when she began pursuing her doctoral degree.

"I began my doctoral program and my marriage kind of went kapow. Everything kind of blew up in my face," she explained. "It really was difficult for him and basically was the straw that broke the camel's back for our marriage."

Watch the video above to hear why Peterson thinks her ex was so bothered by her pursuing higher education. Then, check out the full HuffPost Live segment on women marrying less educated men here from which the video above was excerpted.

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