Here's a study that should come as no surprise, concluding that men aren't attracted to women who are smarter than they are and women are attracted to men who are more powerful.
It's interesting to note that the men in the study are supposed to have said they wanted a woman who was more intelligent than themselves, which I find pretty far-fetched. Most men I know want to be with a smart woman, but that doesn't automatically mean that she's got to be smarter than he does!
There's no surprise about women saying they don't care about status when they really do. I can't remember how many women I was rejected by who "just wanted a nice guy" who'd then give me the usual excuses for why they didn't want to date. I guess they meant "I just want a nice guy with a great job, awesome body and his own house", but that doesn't quite roll off the tongue.