Quote(s) of the Day

“This is yet another of the inexorable signs that there is no going back to a world where we can assume that marriage is the main institution that organizes people’s lives. Most of these women will marry, or have married. But on average, Americans now spend half their adult lives outside marriage.”
–.Stephanie Coontz, director of public education for the Council on Contemporary Families, a nonprofit research group, quoted in a New York Times article exploring the new reality that 51% of all American women are now living without a spouse.
“For better or worse, women are less dependent on men or the institution of marriage. Younger women understand this better, and are preparing to live longer parts of their lives alone or with nonmarried partners. For many older boomer and senior women, the institution of marriage did not hold the promise they might have hoped for, growing up in an ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ era.”
–William H. Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, quoted in the same article.