Despite the persistent stereotype of a middle-aged woman being left by her husband for a younger woman, almost 70% of divorces in Massachusetts and the rest of the United States are initiated by wives. All divorces are unique in their own way, but several issues are cited repeatedly by women as reasons for divorcing.
Women often feel like marriage is holding them back. Now that most women have entered the workforce, they are expected to contribute financially to the household as well as continue to do the lion's share of the household work. They can be left feeling like they have to do it all anyway, so they may as well do it on their own. If their careers are flourishing while their husbands' are floundering, wives may chafe at having to downplay their success.