An investigation into the marriage preferences of educated women in Accra, Ghana

The marital decisions of educated women have attracted a lot of attention and have eventually become a topic of discussion on different platforms including the public domain. For some scholars and people, education has a bad influence on women's marital decisions as it tends to lead women to appreciating singlehood and cohabitation over marriage. For others, the opposite is true. There are scholars who have even argued that education does not play any role in the marital decisions of women, thus, there are a lot more factors other than education that motivate women. The purpose of this study was to find out what the marriage preferences of educated women are in Accra, Ghana as well as what the underlying factors that motivate them in making their marriage preferences are. It also sought to investigate the extent to which education affects the marriage preferences of women. Data was collected from 50 women with at least High School qualification through the use of an online questionnaire. These women were selected from some chosen institutions as well as social media. Substantial number of the respondents were students constituting 60% of the total respondents. Excel was then used to analyze the data collected. The findings of the study revealed that majority of educated women prefer marriage to singlehood and cohabitation. Companionship and societal expectations were identified as the major influencers of women's marital decisions. Also, education was found to affect the marriage preferences of women to some extent. There was a direct relationship between higher educational aspiration and marriage desire. The research paper drew various comparisons using different factors.
Thesis submitted to the Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University College, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, April 2015
Ghana, Ashesi, women, marriage, marital preferences, Accra.