Archive for the ‘Marriage – families’ Category

At what age did women get married in the 1970s?

November 17, 2017

An odd question motivated by recent events.


First the disclaimer, Judge Roy Moore creeps me out … and I’m certainly no apologist for older men who hit on teenage girls. Period.

That said, two comments got me wondering.

First, a Clinton apologist was on TV saying that Bill deserved a pass for his sexual transgressions and abuses because “things were different in those days.”

Say, what?  Different how?

Separately, a friend bad-quipped about the sterotype of Southern girls marrying young – often in their early teens.

So, I started to wonder: what were things like in “those days” – specifically,in Alabama, when Judge Moore is alleged to have been hitting on teenage girls.


What I discovered certainly doesn’t make Moore any less creepy or exonerate him, but it is interesting.


What percentage of women keep their maiden name when they get married?

July 8, 2015

According to a Google Consumer Survey reported in the NY Times

Just over 1 in 5 first-marriage brides keep their maiden names rather than take their hubby’s surname.

The trend has been slowly inching up for the past couple of decades.



What’s driving the trend?


First comes love, then comes marriage …

January 15, 2014

… then comes Daddy with a baby carriage.

The verse was drummed into my generation, but I bet many of you are too young to have ever heard it, right?




Well, the essence of the rhyme’s message was captured in a WSJ op-ed this week.

Ari Fleischer – one of Bush’s press secretaries wrote:

“The U.S. is steadily separating into a two-caste system with marriage and education as the dividing line. In the high-income third of the population, children are raised by married parents with a college education; in the bottom-income third, children are raised by single parents with a high-school diploma or less.”

A better and more compassionate policy  to fight income inequality (than redistributing wealth from working families) would be helping the poor realize that the most important decision they can make is to stay in school, get married and have children — in that order.

One might dispute the conclusion, but here are some facts …


Nums: Marriage down, shacking-up up …

June 20, 2013

According to USA Today

The marriage rate is at its lowest point in more than a century, and the number of marriages across the USA fell more than 5% during the recession.



In 1980 there were about 10.5 marriages per 1,000 population.

That rate is down to about 6.5 per 1,000.

And, almost 1/3 of all people who married are remarrying … 2nd and 3rd timers.




What about shacking up?


First comes love, then comes … well, not marriage.

March 18, 2013

According to the WSJ, unmarried teenage pregnancies are declining … but 20-somethings who are delaying marriage aren’t delaying having children.

Say, what?



Here are some factoids from the WSJ article …


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