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Americans are staying single longer than ever, and it’s changing modern marriage in 3 major ways


Feb 24, 2017

Leanna Garfield

Feb. 14, 2017, 10:37 AM

Today, more Americans are choosing to hold off on marriage or forgo it altogether. In 2009, the marriage rate dropped below 50% — for the first time in history.

That stat is highlighted in "All the Single Ladies," a 2016 book by writer Rebecca Traister that chronicles the history of American singlehood. The book features interviews with over 100 unmarried women from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds.

Traister's goal: exploring how social progress connects to changing marriage patterns, and what that means for American single women today.

In addition to companionship, "marriage has been a useful institution for determining power, gender roles, and who does what," Traister told Business Insider when the book launched last year.

Marriage is now just one of many paths women can take. The modern phenomenon of delaying marriage has also transformed marriage itself, Traister said.

Single women, rather than men, play a special role in these changes, because it's now normal to be a thriving single lady. (For the most part, men have always had the option to live independently, she said.)

Here are a few ways marriage is changing for heterosexual couples, according to Traister.

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