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College 'marriage gap' disappearing for women

October 8, 2010

White women with college degrees are now just as likely to get married as their less-educated counterparts, ending what researchers once thought of as a "marriage penalty" for generations of women who pursued higher education.

A new report by the Pew Research Center shows that women now ages 35 to 39, are as likely to marry as those who did not graduate from college.

"It's a historic reversal," said Richard Fry, author of the study. "There was a time in the early 20th century when there was a huge marriage gap."

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