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51% of Women Are Now Living Without Spouse January 16, 2007

Posted by tkcollier in Economy & Business, Life.
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51% of Women Are Now Living Without Spouse – New York Times
In 2005, 51 percent of women said they were living without a spouse, up from 35 percent in 1950 and 49 percent in 2000.

Coupled with the fact that in 2005 married couples became a minority of all American households for the first time, the trend could ultimately shape social and workplace policies, including the ways government and employers distribute benefits.

Several factors are driving the statistical shift. At one end of the age spectrum, women are marrying later or living with unmarried partners more often and for longer periods. At the other end, women are living longer as widows and, after a divorce, are more likely than men to delay remarriage, sometimes delighting in their newfound freedom.

In addition, marriage rates among black women remain low. Only about 30 percent of black women are living with a spouse, according to the Census Bureau, compared with about 49 percent of Hispanic women, 55 percent of non-Hispanic white women and more than 60 percent of Asian women.

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1. MJ - January 16, 2007

Getting married is not that important anymore to more women compared with say, 10 yrs ago.

2. RENEAL - January 25, 2007

SO OVER HALF THE WOMEN IN THE WORLD ARE HAPPY

3. Susan Johnston - July 19, 2007

Princess Bubble is happy and single!


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