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“But,” cries a beautiful 32-year-old divorcee, “I’ve been abroad for two years now, and what do I meet?Old bachelors living smugly on their little incomes, or young bachelors who want to live smugly on my big income.
Nowadays, 70 per cent of all American women marry before they are 24 years old. By the time a woman is 30, there is about one chance in two she will ever get married and at 40, only one chance in five.
How can you meet a man there and be sure of his background? (The head of one of New York’s local Democratic clubs says, “They go from club to club to meet men; we call them Carpetbagging Liberals.”) Others go to evening classes at universities, taking courses in such subjects as “How to Sail a Boat,” with the hope that it will attract men.
Some of them join a number of churches in succession, interested less in finding God than in finding a husband.
“The problems of the single, divorced and widowed women are more difficult,” an experienced psychiatrist says.
“But probably a common denominator in this group is that they feel they are not getting much out of life—not accomplishing as much as they are capable of.