In many countries, people no longer feel the need to get married because they earn their own income. I eighty-percent agree with this fact.
It seems that the number of marriages has been decreasing since 1950 and the post-war period. During the Second World War, the world discovered the power of women. Their contributions were very important for the different nations. Women acquired different rights like the right to vote and to work.
This right to work was and always is important for her. With this right, they can work and earn an income, so they are more independent. This fact had consequences on the number of marriages. Effectively, marriage could be a way of life for women. Women had a financial security. The man worked and earned money and woman did household tasks and raised children.
With the right to work, there has been a new balance between women and men. Women are more independent and they do not have the need to get married to live. Marriage is not a need or a security. So, the fact that women earn their own income has been changing the importance of this need. Women’s independence has also changed the significance of marriage.
Indeed, while the women’s financial independence was the starting point of this change, except for in many countries where the women’s right to work is ancient, the significance of marriage has evolved. Today, women get married, not by need but by wish. And this desire has also changed. But, this fact is true for women and men. The concept of engagement is different nowadays. Some people do not consider marriage like the true engagement. For a lot of people, marriage is a constraint. Moreover, this concept of engagement is also different. Less and less people seem to want to get married. We often hear that having a child is more important than marriage.
In my point of view, women’s financial independence has changed the need of marriage. But, today, we have a new concept of marriage and its significance and willingness to get married.
– Philippe Lauziere