As more and more women choose to put other goals ahead of marriage and family plans, we're seeing interesting trends in the dating pool and elsewhere.
It's no secret that women are marrying later and less often than they used to and some of the reasons why are obvious— while other reasons are not as well known.
Career And Travel Goals Take Precedence
The obvious reasons that women choose not to get married right away in their 20s and even 30s have remained the same for decades.
They want to chase challenging career goals or travel the world and not have to worry about dividing their time with a family.
The Construct Of "Marriage" Doesn't Fit Into Everyone's Life Plan Today
Realistically, the world is changing faster than anyone can keep up, and not always for the better.
Certain social "norms" and constructions like marriage don't suit everyone's definition of normal anymore.
The Benefits That Marriage Once Provided Don't Mean As Much Anymore
Once upon a time, not very long ago, there were undeniable benefits to getting married. Sometimes they were financial, political, or religious reasons.
These types of marriages still exist in some places but countries like the United States and other "Westernized" nations have started drastically shifting their views on marriage.
Some People Are Still Chasing The Family Dream And That's OK Too
If you're someone who is thinking about tying the knot soon or settling down with a family, don't be discouraged.
For plenty of people, that's still the ideal lifestyle and there's nothing wrong with that.
More Women Are Choosing To Stray From The Paved Path
But now more than ever, some women are choosing to stray from the traditional path and forge a new one of their own.
There are a handful of reasons why depending on the person, but we're breaking down some of the main ones.
Many Eligible Bachelors Are Not Winners
A lot of young women honestly feel like the dating scene is picked over, filled with Tinder bros, and freeloaders who are just looking for an easy lay.
They're not entirely wrong. The bar for men has quite literally been set on the floor and sometimes it seems like they're digging trenches to lower it even further.
Women Are Dominating The Workforce
Trends in the workforce have shown for decades that women were catching up and even surpassing men for the number of jobs in certain fields.
The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed last year that there are currently more women employed in the United States workforce than men. However, the wage equality gap between men and women remains a real problem.
They Don't Need A Man To Support Them Financially
Basically, that means that women are providing for themselves and their families with or without the help of a husband.
Today in the USA, women are able to support themselves financially and have higher rates of education as well.
Some Men Are Intimidated By Successful, Independent Women
The same society that gave us teen marriage gave us toxic masculinity. Fast forward to the present day and many of the men who are dating are completely intimidated by a woman who has the ability to be successful on her own.
Some men even see successful women as a threat to their role as the "provider" of the relationship. It's not an attractive look on men.
Hook Up Culture Has Changed The Game
Women who had more than one sexual partner in the past were considered promiscuous while men could sleep around with as many people as they wanted and not face the same ridicule.
Today, women are much more confident in embracing their sexuality and freedom.
There Is Freedom In Not Getting Married
Dating apps like Tinder have permanently normalized casual hookups and casual relationships.
A lot of people who never thought it was an option to have sex with no strings attached or date someone casually are now embracing the freedom of a culture that doesn't penalize pre-marital sex.
Marriage Isn't Necessary For Women To Become Mothers
Single moms everywhere are reading this and collectively saying "Well, duh?"
Not only are women able to become great mothers without a partner but they're also able to carry a child without a male partner, thanks to modern science. So the reason to get married for children is kind of obsolete now.