From National Public Radio Listen To The Story Sept. 4, 2009

If you are a black woman with an advanced degree, there’s a good chance you’ve never been married.  New research from Yale University suggests that highly educated black women are twice as likely to have never been married by the age of 45 as white women with similar education.

Hannah Bruckner, who leads the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course at Yale University, says the disparity can be partly explained by a difference in dating preferences between some black men and women.  “Black men are more likely to marry outside of their race, and black women are more likely to marry outside of their education,” she says.

Bruckner says that is compounded by tough competition for a smaller pool of highly educated black men.

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The popular sitcom Girlfriends, which ran for eight seasons, featured a group of four educated black women. Here, Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross) has a drink with Maya (Golden Brooks), whose marriage to her high-school sweetheart ended on the show.

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