Status is viewed very differently between men and women.
For women status is extremely important and the focus of much of their subconscious attention. To them status is also a malleable thing, a playing field or contest, which is natural to their role (evolutionarily speaking) in the inter-tribal politics of social climbing. Many millenia of finding and grooming the best husband to increase status, to have the best appearance, and to be the most popularity socially, have imbued them with this awareness.
However, to men status is something completely different, it is a God-determined rung on a totem, something you are born into or best suited to as a matter of practical permanence, and not a matter of social climbing per se (it may be an inescapable element, within the hard limits of the totem’s hierarchy). Status to men is both an individual’s indisputable duty, and his right: to take your place on that totem and fulfil your role within it. The work produced from that duty being the vital essence of the status’ existence, and (conversely to the female view) not whatever personal social comfort you derive from status-recognition. There is thereby no real shame in a lower status, provide you perform your duty well, and additionally the responsibility of being higher status just means decreased comfort (endless work and duty).
But the wives of lower status men survey the landscape like hawks, seeing not the causal structure behind the totem, but only a field of social combat within which one might promote the ascension of the family. Their view is not ‘untrue’ (though it is a flaw which requires management to not understand causality) and it is also in a normal tribal environment necessary, providing it does not get out of control. Many materialist and effeminate-thinking men can view status this way also, or learn to in a culture of unruly structure (like the one we have become). It can be difficult to combat this view when bonds between people dissipate, as competitive-status is a kind of lesser truth within the broader truths, and can’t be entirely refuted.
But even still, men more generally will not award status unless it is truly deserved.
While power increases the higher the status, what is important is not that personal power, but the resulting use of people at their abilities, both in unison and individually. To have a true purpose, a place where your talents are required and appreciated, and a work with an objective ascending excellence.