This study analyzed the perceived relationship between marriage and achievement among 167 able women, ages 45-65, who were alumnae at the University of Michigan. Women who perceived their husbands as supportive believed they had high potential for achievement, in part, because of the husband's support, the couple's commitment to joint family goals, and willingness to share domestic chores. Women ... [Show full abstract] who perceived their husbands as occasionally supportive, felt free to achieve occasionally. These women reported that greater levels of achievement were possible if they confronted their husband through negotiation, or if they developed talents that contributed to the family's income. Women felt they had low potential for achievement if they had an unsupportive spouse or worked sorely for financial gain.