Unmarried Women Outnumber Married Ones for the First Time Ever
“Unmarried women outnumber married ones for the first time ever.” This is the the caption of the Economist’s article today. The figure of women have never been married reached the highest point ever in American history.
Many women have found the secret benefits of marrying later. On the first page of the book “Sex and the Single Girl”, the author Helen Gurley Brown writes, “I married for the first time at 37. I got the man I wanted.” Single ladies enjoyed much of their wonderful years with their wits and finally figure out what kind of men they want. Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook COO, wrote in her book that her early marriage led to the divorce just one year later. “It’s really important to be a fully formed adult when you get married,” Sandberg tells Cosmo. “I got married too young.” This idea of being a fully formed adult first before entering a marriage makes sense to many young ladies. Being a half formed person to marry means that you may become a different person afterwards, with minds and values changed, and these newly formed ones are very likely to contradict with you husbands’ present ones. Then the quarrels come. When women become fully formed, they are more clearly know who is the right man and manage their marriage more wisely. The increase of the right matches drops the divorce rate in the U.S. which was sustainable high in the past few decades when couple married in early 20s.
After receiving college or higher degree education and getting a well-paid job, more women today no longer need marriage for security and money. Women is able to offer themselves satisfaction both financially and emotionally. “A half century ago, if you went to college and weren’t engaged by the time you graduated, you got nervous,” says Johns Hopkins University professor Andrew J. Cherlin. “Today, if my Hopkins undergraduates do get married while they’re in college, their parents get nervous.” Those parents are proven to be right according to the statistics from the National Marriage Project: Women who marry later than 30 would earn more money. The report shows “For college-educated women in their mid-30s, this premium amounts to $18,152 per year.”