For the first time ever, more American women are living without a spouse than with one, the New York Times reports in an analysis of the latest census results. In 2005, 51 percent of women reported living without a spouse. This number was only 35 percent in 1950 and 49 percent in 2000.
William H. Frey, a demographer for the Brookings Institution, called the shift “a clear tipping point, reflecting the culmination of post-1960 trends associated with greater independence and more flexible lifestyles for women,” the New York Times reports. Ultimately, this trend may affect social and workplace policies to allow for greater gender equality and freedom for women.
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