Wendy Wang has studied changes in the American family for many years. But she
says even she was surprised by some recent census data about Americans between
the ages of 24 and 35.
even she: hasta
ella misma; was surprised by: se sorprendió por; recent census data:
los resultados de censos recientes;
“Almost half of them have never been married.”
almost half of
them: casi el 50% de esas personas; have never been married: nunca
han estado casados;
That percentage is a record low for the United States.
porcentaje; record low: mínimo histórico;
Ms. Wang is a researcher with the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. The
center’s new report on marriage shows another important change. It found that
women who continued their education beyond college are now just as likely to be
married as women who never went to college. In 1960, Ms. Wang says, women with
advanced degrees paid a “marriage penalty.” About one in three never married.
investigadora, analista (presta atención a la acentuación de la palabra en la
primera sílaba /rí-sercher/); on marriage: sobre matrimonio;
shows: refleja, demuestra; it found that: (el estudio) detectó que;
beyond college: más allá de la universidad; just as likely as:
probablemente en la misma situación que (las); with advanced degrees: con
títulos muy avanzados; paid: pagaban; "marriage penalty":
penalización matrimonial (impuestos); about one in three: aprox. una de
cada tres (mujeres); never married: nunca se casaban;
Today, she says, women are overall better educated than men, and they are
looking for husbands with steady jobs. At the same time, the job market for men
is getting worse.
están, en términos generales; better educated than men: mejor preparadas
que los hombres; looking for husbands: buscando maridos; with steady
jobs: con puestos de trabajo estables; at the same time: al mismo
tiempo; job market: mercado laboral; is getting worse: está
Amanda Bradford believes she has a solution. Ms. Bradford is the founder of an
online application for high-achieving people interested in meeting other
high-achievers. This dating app is called The League. It is launching in San
Francisco this week. Soon, it will be available in other cities, including New
York, London, Budapest, and Buenos Aires.
believes: considera que, sostiene que; founder: fundadora; online
application: aplicación en línea (por Intenet); for high-achieving people:
para personas de alto desempeño; in meeting: en conocer a; dating app:
aplicación para conocer personas; is called The League: se llama La
Asociación (La Liga); it is launching: se está lanzando al mercado; it
will be available: se encontrará disponible;
Not everyone is invited to join. Ms. Bradford says The League considers
applicants’ Facebook and LinkedIn profiles. Users see other users’ education
history and job title, along with their pictures.
not everyone is: no todos están; invited to join: invitados a
inscribirse; applicants' profiles: los perfiles (de Facebook y LinkedIn)
de los postulantes; users: los usuarios; job title: posición
laboral; along with: junto con;
Some media stories about The League have called it “elitist” or “snobby.” But
Amanda Bradford says The League is just trying to give its users more
information about potential dates. She says people in her generation – people
born in the 1980s and early 1990s – do not have time to meet each other in
comentarios periodísticos; elitist or snobby: elitista o esnob
(presumido/a); potential dates: posibles citas; people born: gente
que nació; early 1990s: a principios de la década del 90; to meet each
other: para conocerse;
“We need a way to efficiently find a couple different people that may fit what
we’re looking for and then meet them, versus the old fashioned way of just going
out with friends and hoping and praying that you may meet your Prince Charming,
you know, at someone’s party.”
find: de encontrar eficazmente; a couple different people: una
persona diferente como pareja; that may fit what: que pueda ajustarse a
lo que; we're looking for: estamos buscando; versus: en oposición
a; the old fashioned way: la anticuada rutina; just going out:
simplemente salir; hoping and praying that: esperando de todo corazón
que; your Prince Charming: tu Príncipe Azul (tu probable pareja); at
someone's party: en la fiesta de algún amigo;
Ms. Bradford is 29 years old -- the same age as the average user of The League.
She says she was raised to pursue a perfect career more than a perfect spouse.
She adds that her male friends would probably say the same thing.
as the average user:
la usuaria promedio; she was raised to pursue: ella fue educada para
dedicarse a; a perfect career: una perfecta carrera profesional;
spouse: esposa; adds that: comenta que; male friends: amigos
But what about the differences Wendy Wang described between what women and men
were looking for? In the Pew Study, most never-married women said they wanted to
find a man with a good job. But never-married men said finding a woman who would
be a good mother was more important.
but what about:
pero qué ocurre con; were looking for: estaban buscando; never-married
women: mujeres que nunca se casaron; finding a woman who: encontrar
una mujer que; would be a good mother: pudiera ser una buena madre;
Amanda Bradford said her studies showed something even more interesting. Nearly
equal numbers of women and men have signed up for The League. And, she said, the
better educated a man was, the more interested he was in finding an educated,
even more: aún más; nearly equal numbers: cantidades casi idénticas;
have signed up for: se han registrado en; the better educated a man was:
cuanto más educado era un hombre; the more interested he was: más
interesado estaba; in finding: en encontrar; career-oriented woman:
mujer con fuerte vocación profesional;
Wendy Wang would probably not be surprised by Ms. Bradford’s finding. Her study
showed it is now men who did not go to college who face a “marriage penalty.”
Today, they are the ones most likely not to be married.
conclusión; it is now men: ahora son los hombres; who did not go to
college: que no fueron a la universidad; who face: los que deben
enfrentar; the ones most likely: los que corren el riesgo de no casarse.
I’m Kelly Jean Kelly.