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Study Reveals Disturbing Reasons Why Women Remove Their Wedding Rings

By Jackie Bledsoe, Jr. |

The wedding ring. The symbol of love. The symbol of commitment. Something many women desire to wear one day. Something all women can’t wait to show off the minute they get it.

If the wedding ring means so much, then why do many women remove them in certain situations? One study revealed some very disturbing reasons.

I recently read an article on YourTango that shared the results of a recent study about women removing their wedding rings. I am a proponent of women and men wearing their wedding rings at all times. In fact, I even wrote a post about why those who end up with the best marriages wear 7 rings of marriage before getting there.

According to the study, one in three married or engaged women will remove their wedding rings in “certain situations.”  The reasons just may cause you to have a negative perception of women in our society, but it’s important to remember that not all are guilty of this.

Here are reasons why married or engaged women remove their wedding rings, plus two reasons why they never should.

Which, if any, of these reasons do you view as legitimate? Why?

Study Reveals Disturbing Reasons Why Women Remove Their Wedding Rings

5 Reasons Why Women Remove Their Wedding Rings — and 2 Reasons Why They Shouldn't

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About Jackie Bledsoe, Jr.


Jackie Bledsoe, Jr.

Jackie is an author, blogger, and speaker. He helps men lead and love the ones who matter most. He is the creator of  The 7 Rings of Marriage™, and the author of The Family Leader Manifesto.  Read more from him on his blog, and his Twitter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Jackie's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “Study Reveals Disturbing Reasons Why Women Remove Their Wedding Rings

  1. Allyn says:

    So I do think some of these reasons are ridiculous, like the socialization aspect, but I do think some of them are legit. There have been many, many studies done in the sociology and psychology literature about the ways that women are viewed on job interviews and in the work place. I never wear my ring on job interviews and I often don’t at work (though all of my co workers know I am married). I think that the fear is that women that are married with not only be discriminated against because they are married, but they may not be hired because employers see them as a “mommy threat,” as someone who will eventually get pregnant and leave. This is true and has been documented in the literature. It is the reason that Scandinavian countries have lower numbers of women in high ranking positions. They know women are going to leave when they get pregnant and they decide not to hire them in the first place. It is REAL! No arguments.

    If you are a career driven person, you have to be cautious. My husband and I have lived apart for career reasons in the past and are looking to have to do so next year (even the more difficult when you have kids in the picture). If I wore my rings on my interviews, even though they are not allowed to ask me about my marital status, they might doubt my commitment to the job and decide not to offer it to me.

    I also don’t wear my ring at work somethings because it is, frankly, no one’s business whether or not I am married. I am not ashamed of it, far from it, but my marriage and my child are not things that define me. I would much rather have a conversation about my teaching or my research upon first meeting someone than my baby. I love my family, but those are the things that I am passionate about.

  2. Melissa says:

    I honestly don’t think it matters when someone takes their ring off as long as it’s not deceptive to their spouse. I have taken off my sparkly diamond engagement ring at interviews because I was worried I wouldn’t get as much money if they felt I didn’t need it, and I was just as worried I would be nervously fiddling with it. Also have taken it off for travel, and sometimes that includes socializing without my husband (he knew I did it for safety). I think women have a hard enough time trying to compete in the workforce that they don’t need this author’s judgement.

  3. Catherine says:

    Some women just don’t want to lose their rings. I don’t think it’s anything worth studying.

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