So it really is part of the dramatic change in gender roles around the turn of the last century that, you know, dating comes from. It’s the first time we see someone use the word on the print record.
NICOLE TORRES: Right, so around what decade does this become more normalized? And in that case, it’s a very much a working class phenomenon.
In 1914, there is an article in the Ladies Home Journal about a very nice, white, middle class college girl going on dates with someone from the fraternity nearby.
So it’s just one aspect of inequality that grows in all sorts of ways in the United States starting in that period, and tends to reinforce and amplify itself. I was really surprised to learn that women have been growing anxious about their fertility at younger and younger ages. NICOLE TORRES: But then at the same time, they’re waiting longer to get married. MOIRA WEIGEL: It’s a great question, and a complicated one.
And something I found really interesting was back in the day, it was pretty normal for a boss to marry his secretary, or for a doctor to marry his nurse.
So there was more of this going up and down the economic ladder than say, going outside of your affiliations.
So I sort of think that is the first hint that it’s becoming mainstream.
But I think then in the 20s, you get hugely more women going to college and hugely more coed colleges.