The traditional institution of marriage is no longer considered a necessity by many people around the world – famous or not – so it’s not a surprise that all these women are living without a ring on their finger. The justification they all give for remaining unmarried does, however, make for an interesting read.
Although more couples in the United States are getting married every year now compared to some fifty odd years ago, the percentage of marriages is actually decreasing. In 1990, the rate of marriage was 9.8 per 1000 people. In 2016, that figure fell to 6.9 per 1000. Across the 26 years that separates these two dates, the population of the USA has risen by over 70 million, but the number of yearly married couples has only increased by 7 million. In comparison, the total population of the USA in 1960 was 70 million less than in 1990, but the difference in total marriages was almost double at 13.2 million.
That might seem like a lot of statistics, but what is it all saying? Essentially, that over the last fifty six years, the population has increased by 140 million (thereabouts), but the number of marriages has only risen by 20 million. Nearly a quarter of Americans were married in 1960, now it’s less than a fifth. There are obviously a number of factors influencing that, and not all of them are related to people no longer interested in being a husband or wife. Under 18’s make up a quarter of the nation’s population. Without parental consent, no person is allowed to get married under this age, which means that a large proportion of the USA’s population can’t walk down the aisle anyway.
A large reason for why wedding statistics has fallen is because the definition of relationships has changed drastically. For example, open relationships have grown in popularity, and they don’t usually end in marriage.
Whatever the reason for not wanting to get married, everyone is entitled to establish their partnership(s) however they want. There are many women on this list who are part of a couple but choose to remain unmarried, just as there are plenty who have decided to stay single. We admire all of them and are so inspired by their views on love. Are you?