Of course, on any given day it is a better option to finish off one’s studies before tying the knot, but if time calls for it, then pursuing one’s academic dreams even after marriage is quite doable in this age. All one needs is a little bit of support, especially, from the predominant lady of the family
Every girl in our society is brought up to be adjusting by nature, an expert at adapting herself as per any situation. Afterall, she’ll get married one day and this quality to be able to change her way of life and even her personality, in the name of marital adjustments, will then come in handy. Even today, women are expected to mould themselves as per the requirements of their new household, because the latter doesn’t approve of her identity. She must change the way she dresses, walks, speaks and eats as per their liking. This happens across urban and rural households, even in families who pride themselves for their modern outlook. Subtle or stark, this policing of women’s existence happens and they often end erasing their previous identity, to become a new person that is approved by their new family.
- Women are expected to change themselves after marriage.
- They must change anything that their new family doesn’t like about them.
- Even something as spontaneous and normal as laughter is subjective to intense scrutiny.
- Why do people feel entitled to moulding women as per their liking in our society?
It is well known that marriage rates have been declining throughout most of the industrialised world. This overall trend has received widespread attention, and influential work has discussed the marriage market and fertility implications of women’s advancements in education and labour markets (Becker 1973, Goldin 2006, Stevenson and Wolfers 2007, Greenwood et al. 2012).
A somewhat overlooked aspect of the discussion surrounding the overall decline in marriage is that the marriage prospects of skilled and unskilled women have evolved quite differently across countries. In the US, historically, college-educated women have been the least likely to marry. However, recent research has documented a reversal over time of the skilled-unskilled marriage gap, with college-educated women today as likely to get married as their unskilled counterparts (Isen and Stevenson 2010). In contrast, a number of countries in East Asia and Southern Europe have been grappling with the reverse phenomenon, with highly educated women today marrying at a particularly low rate, compared to less educated women (Economist 2011, Hwang 2015). This retreat from marriage has widespread social implications.The faster increase in education among women compared with men has been underexplored. Thus, using Chinese data, we evaluate the impacts of a plausibly exogenous increase in educational attainment on women’s marriage decisions. An extra year of education does not change women’s decision to marry and leads to a brief delay of 0.12 years in their marriage age on average, which is much smaller than the delay among men. Although more educated women and men both have improved labour market outcomes, which may have increased their patience, men experience larger income growth than women do. Moreover, declining physical attractiveness at least partly explains why the delay is less than 1 year. Overall, the results are more reliable after addressing the endogeneity issue.