If one looks at US statistics over the past 100 years for example, one sees that men had an average age at marriage of 25.9 years in 1900.Women in 1900 had an average age at marriage of 22 years.Huston found that men who feel uncertain about the relationship when they are "part of a couple, but not committed to marriage," are destined for a rocky courtship and marriage.
For some this shatters an illusion that women 100 years ago were sold into marriage as young children.
Even Jane Austen, writing in the early 19th century had heroines married at the earliest age of 17 or 18.
The average age at which women and men get married has been getting consistently later in recent years.
The mean year for first marriages for women in 1991 was 25.5 and just 23.1 back in 1981, the year of the last major Royal wedding.
In Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, which are semi-autobiographical, her father would not allow her to marry until she was 18.