In the search, many women have come up with a geographical solution.They have gone to the states with a high percentage of available males.An estimated 50,000 to 75,000 women currently get private psychiatric help in the United States.In general, the married women are dissatisfied with their marriages.By the time she is 50, the chances she will marry are just one in 16, and after 60, her chances drop to one in 62.Undaunted by the statistics, most American women without men make repeated (if sporadic) attempts in the direction of marrying throughout their lifetimes—often in ways that would have scandalized the proper Victorians.I feel strange and alien here; I think I’ll go home and find an American husband again. ” More typical is the complaint of a pretty 25-year-old secretary who moved to New York City a year ago: “There’s nothing I haven’t done to meet men since I came here.Why, for the first six months, I had 35 different jobs because I deliberately worked for a temporary employment agency.
But whether these women are newcomers or “natives,” and regardless of age or income, they operate with the same husband-hunting techniques. Even if they are among the special glitter-group of the very rich, the hunt remains the same, essentially, except that it is often conducted in these postwar years against a background of Paris or Rome.
“But,” cries a beautiful 32-year-old divorcee, “I’ve been abroad for two years now, and what do I meet?
Old bachelors living smugly on their little incomes, or young bachelors who want to live smugly on my big income.
One 45-year-old widow mourns, “This winter I went on a 14-day cruise to the West Indies. Eighty single women, and only ten men—one of them 17, another 70.” ...
Some single women—and of course many married women—recognize their problems and realize that they need professional help to solve them.
But most of the men I met in offices didn’t want to mix business and pleasure.