The following article from a popular magazine of offered a sociological survey of the more than one-third of adult American women whose lives did not fit this domestic norm.
But 21, others are women without men: women who have never married 11, ; widows 8, and divorcees 1, This means that a little more than one third of the 62, women in the United States are getting along without steady male companionship. How do they adjust to this fact of life?
How do they like their manless lot? What do they do about changing it?
Do they want to change it? Here are a few conclusions that emerge from these interviews: 1.
Although it is a world-wide and historic conviction that every woman wants to be married, a great many do not want marriage. Consciously or unconsciously, many of them spend a lifetime resisting it.
Today, one out of every ten families in the United States is headed by a woman. Many of these women were forced into this role by the death of their husbands or by divorce, while others are the sole support of elderly parents.
Hundreds of thousands of young women who have left their homes and moved to the big city in search of work and a husband have found only the work. What complicates the problems of the more than 21, women without men is that they out their unattached male counterparts by 3, There are 14, adult bachelors in the United States; 2, widowers; 1, divorced men. Furthermore, if the ladies do not get to the altar at an early age, they are likely to get stranded.
Nowadays, 70 per cent of all American women marry before they are 24 years old. By the time a woman is 30, there is about one chance in two she will ever get married and at 40, only one chance in five.
By the time she is 50, the chances she will marry are just one in 16, and sibgle 60, her chances drop to one in Undaunted by the statistics, most American women without men make repeated if sporadic attempts in the direction of marrying throughout their lifetimes—often in ways that would have scandalized the proper Victorians.