How technology has changed dating
However, marrying for power, money, and land still mattered.
"Young people rarely courted far from their social class, and respected parental opinions most of the time," noted.
All of Austen's books were set in the 1800s, and they were all published during that time period and focused on love. Catherine Morland laments that "to marry for money I think the wickedest thing in existence." While it's true that the logistics of a relationship were still important in Austen's day, love and dating just for fun were starting to become more accepted.
However, in the 1900s, there was a little bit of an adjustment period as society as a whole got used to the fact that a woman could be out alone with a man and It's no secret that as soon as something becomes illegal or off-limits, it automatically becomes all that more fascinating.
However, women began to assert more power over their love lives as time went on.
Like the Jane Austen novels, not every young woman who was of courting age many young women viewed their late teens and early 20s as prime time to have fun and live their best lives.
"Women became less concerned with a man's status and more interested in his likelihood of survival," according to "Marriage also experienced a revival and was subsequently reabsorbed into youth culture: Marriage rates rose and average ages of married couples declined." This was true for most of the 1950s, as "by 1959 almost half of all women were married by age nineteen," according to the book After World War II came to an end, Americans started to especially value the traditional family mold even more.
"By the end of the 1950s, even people who had grown up in completely different family systems had come to believe that universal marriage at a young age into a male breadwinner family was the traditional and permanent form of marriage," Stephanie Coontz wrote in Due to the increased importance placed on marriage and family, young teenagers started "going steady" during the 1950s.