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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.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.“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.
What complicates the problems of the more than 21,000,000 women without men is that they outnumber their unattached male counterparts by 3,696,000.
Since the end of World War II, well over twenty million Americans have moved from their home states to settle elsewhere, and this mass migration included untold thousands of manless women—mainly to California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, New York and Ohio.
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.
Spasmodically, they go in for sports, becoming members of ski clubs, riding clubs, golf clubs.
They save their money for cruises—often discovering, once the ship is at sea, that they are trapped with dozens of other unattached women like themselves.