It’s tougher than one might think, being a single woman in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Gazette informs us that if a woman isn’t married by the age of 25, she gets the honor of reaping pity from society. The concept of the Old Maid is moving down the age charts.
Never mind that education or a job might interfere with marriage plans or hopes. Much of Saudi society still sees the proper role of women identified by her marriage status.
Women past age 25 pitied for being single
Renad Ghanem | Saudi Gazette
JEDDAH – Society’s message to women approaching their 30’s is clear: Marriage is your only salvation. As more and more women head into the job market, many put their careers before their personal lives but handling the social stigma associated with being unmarried in Saudi society is no easy task.
Twenty-eight-year-old Arwa Ali holds a master’s degree and works in a private company and is confident she has a bright future. Ali says she has become an embarrassment for her parents who often struggle to convince people she is single because of career aspirations.