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Is it tough for Successful and Educated Women to Get Married?

Highly Educated and successful women have been long rumored to have a tough time marrying… either they married less or never married. But in a turn of events, the reverse now may be happening in the US.. and even in India! Now, it may be tough for those not well educated to find a good guy! Here is some evidence from the US.. I am sure if such studies could be done in India.. the results would be even more dramatic!

The median age for a first marriage nationally is now 25.5 for women and 27 for men. It is even higher for those with graduate degrees. In Massachusetts, the median age at first marriage is 27.2 for women and 29.2 for men. The state’s high proportion of never-married individuals (the country’s third highest) primarily reflects the fact that Massachusetts residents marry at an older age – not that they will never marry.

In fact, educated women nationwide now have a better chance of marrying, especially at an older age, than other women. In a historic reversal of past trends – one that is good news for young girls who like to use big words – college graduates and high-earning women are now more likely to marry than women with less education and lower earnings, although they are older when they do so. Even women with PhDs no longer face a "success penalty" in their nuptial prospects. It might feel that way in their 20s, when women with advanced degrees marry at a lower rate than other women the same age. But by their 30s, women with advanced degrees catch up, marrying at a higher rate than their same-aged counterparts with less education.

The same holds for high-earning women. Economist Heather Boushey of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., found that women between the ages of 28 and 35 who work full time and earn more than $55,000 a year or who have a graduate or professional degree are just as likely to be married as other working women of the same age. And among women aged 30 to 44 who earn more than $100,000 a year, 88 percent are married, compared with 82 percent of other women in the same age range.

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2 thoughts on “Is it tough for Successful and Educated Women to Get Married?”

  1. How far one justify this education,how much contend are our so called well educated generation in their marriage?dont we see much unhappiness in such marriages .
    untill a much evolved human being , much mature and consciouss mankind established such turmoils of married life as breakups, offsprigs of late marriages,(to which science suggest is not healthy for developed being)as per the above said study shows ,is where we heading for? is all this we want for our life ,a double income to get more material pleasures ,to which I find have no end.

  2. How far one justify this education,how much contend are our so called well educated generation in their marriage?dont we see much unhappiness in such marriages .
    untill a much evolved human being , much mature and consciouss mankind established such turmoils of married life as breakups, offsprigs of late marriages,(to which science suggest is not healthy for developed being)as per the above said study shows ,is where we heading for? is all this we want for our life ,a double income to get more material pleasures ,to which I find have no end.

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