Educated women more likely to marry: Study

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Sydney, Apr 8 (UNI) Contradicting the popular assumption that the more women invested in education and career, the less they would need to be supported by a husband, a new study shows that marriage is increasingly becoming the domain of educated and the well-off.

In a dramatic reversal of an established pattern, a study based on analysis of data from 2006 national census revealed that women with university degrees were more likely to get married than their less educated sisters.

The study conducted by the Centre for Population and Urban Research at Monash University found that by 2006, 61 per cent of women aged 30 to 34 who had degrees were married, compared with 53 per cent of those without post-school qualifications. On the contrary, In 1996 women without university degrees had higher marriage rates.

''Educated women have the most choices open to them and they are choosing to do things the traditional way,'' Dr Genevieve Heard, the author of the study said adding, it seemed wrong to assume that educated women were rebels.

The study published in the journal 'People And Place' suggested that economic reasons might be behind the new marriage story.


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