The growing ‘single women’ voting block

Categories: social, economy

What? More women live alone than ever before. Since 2009, single women (including those who were never married, and those who are widowed, divorced, or separated) have outnumbered married women in the U.S. More recently, statistics indicate that the number of adults younger than 34 who have never married has risen by 46% in less than a decade. For women under 30, the likelihood of marrying is small and remaining unmarried is strongly correlated with higher incomes. Women’s marriage status has a greater influence on vote choice in the U.S. than any other variable – unmarried women vote liberal by a wide margin.

So what? Single women are a significant and growing voting demographic (close to 25% of the U.S. electorate). The fact that single women are living in a world where economic and social systems and institutions have been built around the ‘presumption of marriage’ raises serious societal questions. The emergence of this ‘new category of citizen’ could demand a fundamental rethink of policies around work, definition of family, affordable housing for single people, etc. Wherever you find increasing numbers of single women in history, you find change. This could be a new kind of relationship between women and their government. 

Source: New York Magazine – Political Power Single Women

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Date modified

2017-03-29