Summer is finally here and with it comes the season of wedding bells, cake, and “I dos.” For my fellow single ladies, it may feel everyone is getting married and you’re the only single woman left. However, you’ll be happy to know you’re not alone. Many career-focused women are waiting to get married. In fact, the average age for a woman to get married is now 27 — a historic high. There are several reasons why we’re waiting to walk down the aisle and the good news is that there are potential long-term benefits to doing so!
We’re Pursuing Our Education
For a majority of first-time undergraduate students, the average time to complete their degree is closer to six years rather than the traditional four. Latino students are more likely to start at a community college before transferring to a four-year university and attend school on a part-time versus full-time basis. While it may be taking longer for Latinas to graduate college, getting married is no longer becoming a priority — our college education is.
There is a major benefit to focusing on our college-education: College-educated women have an almost eight in 10 chance of remaining married after two decades. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, it is estimated that 78 percent of college-educated women married for the first time between 2006 and 2010 could expect their marriages to last at least 20 years. But among women who have a high school education or less, the share is only 40 percent. Focusing on getting our degree not only positively affects us career-wise, but personally as well.
As mentioned above, we’re spending more time on completing our college education. Unfortunately for millennials, pursuing a degree comes with exorbitant student loans or other long-term debt. Therefore, we want to find a secure career to help pay for these expenses. It’s hard to start dating someone if you’re struggling to pay your student loan bill — it’s like bringing baggage with you on a date! We want to ensure we are financially stable before adding someone else to the mix.
However, there is good news for incurring these college expenses. According to The Knot Yet Report sponsored by the National Marriage Project, women who wait until 30 or later to marry will earn $18,152 more per year on average as opposed to women who get married younger. The financial benefit of waiting to get married can help offset education expenses.
We’re Busy Living Life!
Yes, we’re focused on completing our education and finding financial security with a stable career, but we’re also busy enjoying life! Millennial Latinas are traveling the world, trying new activities, and spending more time on ourselves — opportunities many of our Latino families have not had before. Sure, it would be nice to experience these adventures with someone, but we’re not going to wait at home for Mr. Right. Until then, we’re going to continue to enjoy all of the opportunities the world has to offer!
Waiting to walk down the aisle is not such a taboo issue anymore and does come with potential benefits. At the end of the day, you need to do what’s best for you individually. If waiting a few more years before saying “I do” is for you, then do you, girl! You can still focus on your career . . . while enjoying the champagne and wedding cake at your friends’ wedding.