Marriage is no longer what it used to be.
According to studies made in the USA and in Europe most women do not see marriage as a priority in their lives.
This is because they get married later, they live together without getting married, they are far more independent .
So, what is going on? A little all over the western world, women earned a place that belonged to men - that of independence. Women have entered the workplace and today most have a job because they want to be successful, not only for the money. And this independence gives them the chance to choose their own fate - if and with whom and when they want to be married.
Today they have a greater capacity to survive economically and emotionally in case they get divorced. After a separation, those who have a higher income and better careers, have less desire to commit into a new marriage. They seek companionship and pleasure not a man to pay the bills.
According to some sociologists, in the past women dependended on men, that dominated and controlled their lives, now we are going into the opposite direction. Women are becoming very powerful, and they don't need men anymore. On the other hand, men are starting to suffer from low self-esteem. Modern society is once again looking for some lost values and in the meantime individualism is a predominance, when we should be looking for common values and living together in spite of the differences.
Maybe marriage could help...