Mary Kenny: Marriage or master's?
It seems the better-educated a woman is, the harder for her to find a mate
In the latter years of his life, my husband used to greet breathless announcements of new developments and events with the philosophical words: "'Twas ever thus!" In old age, you see the same themes of life returning as if in a cycle.
I thought of that response when I read that "better- educated women find it more difficult to meet partners than those who are less educated". This report comes from Margaret Fine-Davis' TCD study Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland.
This may be hot-off-the-press news, but it is also a trend which has been noted over many decades. Even in the 1900s, it was observed that the better educated a woman was, the less likely she was to marry. One of the reasons why some reactionary-minded parents were reluctant to educate daughters was because educated females might be less likely to find a husband.