College-Educated Women And Marriage: No Longer Risk Being "Old Maids"
The Huffington Post reports on a new study by NYU sociologists that finds that college-educated women are no less likely to get married than women without a college degree.
From the Huffington Post:
According to a new study by NYU sociologists Paula England and Jonathan Bearak, prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families, college-educated women are now as likely to get married as their less-educated peers -- even if the weddings happen in a somewhat older age range. These findings contradict the previously prevailing idea that women who pursued higher education were more likely to delay finding a mate past some stereotypical “marriageable age” while studying and building demanding careers. The study reports that, “as late as 1950, a quarter of white female college graduates 40 years of age had never married, compared to compared to only 7 percent of their counterparts without a college degree.” The latter category includes education levels ranging from less-than high school to some college.
England and Bearak explain the new paradigm:
[Now] by age 40, the well educated have caught up with the less educated and even surpassed them in the percent that have married. Thus, ultimately the more educated are as likely or even more likely to marry as any other group.