Why Women Marry Late

Where and how does marriage fit in with our end goals?


Running Against The Clock

Why Women Marry Late

While marriage is mainly borne out of a decision to finally settle down with just one person, regardless of age, there is one thing that women cannot force-delay: the biological clock. Naturally, women are best fit to conceive and give birth to healthy babies until the age of 40, after which the risks related with pregnancy rapidly increase. But, hey, with modernity prevailing in the minds of females nowadays, the quick answer to the body’s inability to get pregnant is adoption, which is widely accepted. And there’s also the option of freezing your eggs. Or, if you’re really sure you want kids, why wait for marriage to have a baby? Ah, times have, indeed, changed!

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Reader Discussion: 113 Comments

  1. Avatar of Rosie Jenkins

    Rosie Jenkins

    People are different. Others are still successful even if they got married early and others are miserable. It depends.

  2. Avatar of Alicia Parker

    Alicia Parker

    Another thing about marriage being delayed is because the sanctity of marriage is gone. Everyone is cheating, everyone is playing, no one is taking relationships seriously anymore. If boyfriend and girlfriend relationships aren’t taken seriously, what makes us think that marriage will be taken seriously? Personally, I don’t think I’m going to get married until I really meet a person that is willing to sail wild waters with me. So far, my perception of relationships isn’t very great.

  3. Avatar of Lula Burton

    Lula Burton

    A lot of my college friends got married as soon as they graduated. I don’t know what the rush was for, but I guess they really wanted to get married asap.

  4. Avatar of Anne Rios

    Anne Rios

    Not to be bitter about relationships but I’ve experienced so many bad things in a relationship and I feel like no matter how old I am, I will never be ready with marriage.

    • Avatar of Kathryn Hill

      Kathryn Hill

      It’s not just you, girl. I feel the same.

  5. Avatar of Kathryn Matthews

    Kathryn Matthews

    Men are the worst in my generation and I don’t even believe that there are decent guys out there anymore. Such a tragedy.

    • Avatar of Okoi Arikpo

      Okoi Arikpo

      We exist baby..

  6. Avatar of Casey Craig

    Casey Craig

    I remember my grandmother telling me to get married asap because I’m getting old. People, I’m only 25.?

  7. Avatar of Elsa Morales

    Elsa Morales

    I’m a single mother right now and I’m 29. I love my daughter a lot and I wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s 9 years old now. If I was to give an advice to anyone about marriage or having kids, make sure that you do it at a time wherein you’re mature enough and in the right state of mind. Marrying young or getting pregnant at an early age can cause a lot of problems, not only in your body but also your future. I know that people will argue that age is just a number but no, it has something to do with maturity as well.

  8. Avatar of Margaret


    Wow 50% custodial moms and raising their kids solo. Guys, what are you doing???

  9. Avatar of McNulty


    Statistics on women getting married late has increased. I’m not even surprised. Women want to be single now and it empowers them.?

  10. Avatar of Lucia Giannone

    Life is harder now and money is needed everywhere. You can’t just get married and have babies when you don’t have a stable job. Of all the things that are listed here, I’m voting for stability.

    • Avatar of Shirley Haynes

      Shirley Haynes

      Same, being in your mid 20’s in my opinion is the time when you’re just a few years starting from your first job and what have you achieved at that time? Not so much, I bet.

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