I agree, but the level of prestige is not the same as in years past. In 1990 a childless 45 year old who had never been married would be met with suspicion in the corporate world. In 2023 I don't believe that's the case.Married men are regarded with more respect and prestige by the broader society and the corporate world compared to single men. This becomes more pronounced the older you get. It was one of things I noticed.. both men and women just seem to find you more respectable and relatable.
And that’s not even getting into the practical reasons.