MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Coontz
Co-Chair and Director of Research and Public Education
Council on Contemporary Families
For most of the 20th century, women who completed higher education were far less likely to be married than their less-educated counterparts. Then in 2010, the Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) reported new research showing that although college-educated women were still more likely to never marry at all than women with lower educational levels, they were so much less likely to divorce that by age 40, a higher proportion of college-educated women were married than any other group.
Now a new study by NYU sociologists Paula England and Jonathan Bearak shows that college-educated women are, for the first time, not only less likely to divorce but just as likely to marry as any other group of women, and much more likely to marry than women who dropped out of high school. This research suggests that, although women with a college education marry later than other women, they are now as likely to marry as other women, and much more likely to stay married.
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