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Raising the Marriage Age
The home secretary received a deputation representing a number of women's organizations urging the need for raising the present statutory minimum age of marriage in Great Britain from 12 years in the case of girls and 14 in the case of boys to 16 years in both cases. Miss Eleanor Rathbone said that there was a great demand for the alteration of the marriage age. It was true that very few individuals in Britain married under the age of 15. In 1924, the total number marrying at that age was nineteen, but in 1926 the number had increased to thirty-four in the case of girls. Great Britain was among the most backward countries in the matter. Even in China and Egypt the marriage age was 16 for women, and either 16 or 18 for men. It was suggested that the minimum age should be 16 in
LONDON. JAMA. 1927;89(24):2051-2052. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690240043022