In many areas of the world including the Middle East, a silent revolution is taking place with regard to women, education, and age at first marriage. As educational opportunities have become more widely available, young women have taken advantage of those opportunities and have in many cases begun to surpass the accomplishments of their male peers. The most striking consequence of this ongoing social transformation is a significantly later age at first marriage for women – or even non-marriage among highly educated women. This conference explores the emerging global phenomenon of “waithood”—or widespread marriage delays, first identified by political scientist Diane Singerman in Egypt—and how waithood is now playing out in almost every region of the world.
Supported by the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies; Council on Middle East Studies; Council on East Asian Studies, Council on Southeast Asian Studies; Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies; European Studies Council; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Department of Anthropology, Yale University