A couple of centuries ago, the normal college-age student would probably be married. Nowadays in the United States, fewer people are getting married than throughout history, and people tend to postpone marriage and instead pursue careers and stability first. Divorce rates have also gone up, and it is more socially acceptable to get married many times, or to remain single, than throughout most of history. In my paradigm shift paper, I will analyze trends in marriage and divorce throughout history. I will write about the shift towards fewer marriages and higher divorce rates in the United States in recent decades and analyze the cultural context relating to that shift. I also hope to connect marriage culture to paradigm shifts relating to women’s rights and the role of women in society.