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Why Women Marry Late

Where and how does marriage fit in with our end goals?


There was a time in my life when I felt like it was a given that I’d have children. I never really considered that I had other options. But, as I grow older, I’m starting to re-think that. Like so many other women, I’m realizing that modern women have other choices, and the pros of marrying late are starting to outweigh the cons.

Why Women Marry Late

So much so, in fact, that the average age of women’s (first) marriage has been pushed back from the average age of 23 years old in 1981 to between 30 and 33 years old across Europe (in America it’s still only 27). Emphasis is placed on “first marriage” as we all know how marriages have become nowadays, that is, simply defined by a piece of paper that can easily be retracted in most territories. But that’s another story.

Case in point, recently wed Kate Middleton got married to Prince William at 29 years old, in great contrast to her would-have-been mother in law Lady Diana Spencer, who entered marriage at 20 years.

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Reader Discussion: 112 Comments

  1. Very true! A successful and happy marriage is when a woman is able to achieve personal goals even before getting married 🙂

  2. Sandra Brown

    Why women marry late?! In the past, most people measure a woman's success if she is a wife, has a family of her own and has children. BUT nowadays, professional / career success is given importance. In this modern age, women marry late because they have seen (at least in my own point of view) the importance of having a successful and established career BEFORE everything else.

  3. This was a really interesting perspective on marriage. I'd figured women were getting married later, since social expectations have changed so much, but it's nice to see so many women are putting their independence first!

  4. I believe that woman use to marry early because it's what's expected of them. Woman were only viewed to take care of the home and have children. But now we have so many options. We can independent, successful, date around and be happy. We allow more time to work on ourselves before anything else which is a good thing. But sometimes our drive for success may blind other things of importance, settling down, getting married and having children. I think getting married at 40 is just too late. Women may want to have kids but feel they need to get married first, if you want children, have them. You don't necessarily need a spouse (although it would be nice) to procreate.

  5. Jen Spillane

    I believe that the age at which a person first marries is also statistically correlated with that marriage lasting, which could be another good reason to delay marriage…

  6. Sarah Evanston

    I could totally see wanting to marry late because of success. Its important for your self-esteem to establish your own success and be independent. It's dangerous to be financially dependent on someone else.

  7. mmmm.. All I can say is, being a woman is challenging but fun and I definitely LOVE BEING A WOMAN!

  8. Gabrielle Williams

    Why Did I Marry Late?
    Because I thought I’m happy to be alone… I thought that I’m fulfilled having to think only of myself… But when friends and colleagues started to get married and have a life of their own, I realized this is not the life I wanted, I realized my life would be better if I have a partner whom I can share the rest of my life with, if I have someone to hug in the middle of the night and whom I would wake up with each morning..

  9. Joanne Samonte

    I personally believe that the key to successful marriage and family life is when you, as a woman, is able to achieve your personal goals, dreams and aspirations. I’m not saying that a partner can not help you or will hinder you in achieving it, but if you already have a partner or family, your priorities will somehow be changed.
    Most of my ‘girl’ friends are not yet married at age 33 because they are still aiming for ‘that’ position in their respective companies.

  10. Randie Cadiogan

    Education and career are top priorities for many a modern women = true! 🙂

    As a working woman, I find this to be factual. 🙂  The number of women who wants to achieve financial independence first before marriage is indeed growing!  Men, just please don’t be intimidated by a woman who is successful, who has power, and who has riches! 🙂 

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