|Facts and Forecasts|
The percentage of women, ages 20-24, who have never married has doubled, and the percent of women, ages 30-34, has tripled since 1970. Source: www.census.gov
Women now make up the majority of college undergraduates in most four-year colleges and universities. The exception: the ivies and a few other elite universities.
Most women today will cohabit with a partner before they marry for the first time.
The overwhelming majority of women in their twenties say that they want to marry someday - and they are looking for a future spouse who will be their "soulmate."
Source: State of Our Unions 2001 - marriage.rutgers.edu
Women and men are marrying for the first time at older ages today. In 1960, for example, the median age of first marriage for women was 20.3 and for men, 22.8. In 2000, the median age of first marriage had risen to 25.1 for women and 26.8, for men. Source: www.census.gov/population/socdemo/hh-fam/tabMS-2.txt
Princeton researchers project that 97 percent of today’s college educated white women will marry at least once in their lifetime.
More than eighty percent of twentysomething women say that it is more important to them to marry a men who is able to communicate his deepest feelings than to marry a good earner. Source: State of Our Unions 2001 - marriage.rutgers.edu