By the time she is 50, the chances she will marry are just one in 16, and after 60, her chances drop to one in 62.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.(There are 14,331,000 adult bachelors in the United States; 2,272,000 widowers; 1,028,000 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.Almost to a woman, those I interviewed said the same thing: “I have only one problem.I would like to be married, but I find it impossible to meet eligible men no matter how I try—and nobody can say I don’t try.” How the man hunt is conducted This wail came alike from the throats of divorced, widowed and single women of all ages, regardless of whether they worked in the community in which they grew up (more than 50 per cent do) or whether they had taken a job halfway across the country from their childhood homes.I feel strange and alien here; I think I’ll go home and find an American husband again. ” More typical is the complaint of a pretty 25-year-old secretary who moved to New York City a year ago: “There’s nothing I haven’t done to meet men since I came here.
They save their money for cruises—often discovering, once the ship is at sea, that they are trapped with dozens of other unattached women like themselves.
How can you meet a man there and be sure of his background? (The head of one of New York’s local Democratic clubs says, “They go from club to club to meet men; we call them Carpetbagging Liberals.”) Others go to evening classes at universities, taking courses in such subjects as “How to Sail a Boat,” with the hope that it will attract men.
Some of them join a number of churches in succession, interested less in finding God than in finding a husband.
Women Without Men About 41,500,000 of the adult women in the United States are married. Here are a few conclusions that emerge from these interviews: 1.
But 21,327,000 others are women without men: women who have never married (11,822,000); widows (8,047,000) and divorcees (1,458,000). Despite the assumption by many males that women cease looking for sex, men and marriage after the age of 50, the fact is that, as one gynecologist put it, “they remain interested in all these things until cremation.” 2.