First Things First: What women are looking for in a mate

A new study conducted by Cornell University published in the Journal of Marriage and Family looked at the steady decline in marriage rates over the past few decades. While other studies blame the decline on gender ratio discrepancies and millennials just not being interested in marriage, this study says the root cause might be that there aren't as many men who are economically stable and therefore are not attractive to women looking for a mate.The study notes that ethnic minorities, especially African-American women, are dealing with very low numbers of economically attractive potential mates.

Researchers found that attractive potential husbands had an average income approximately 58% higher than the current unmarried men.

"Most American women hope to marry but current shortages of marriageable men - men with a stable job and a good income - make this increasingly difficult, especially in the current gig economy of unstable, low-paying service jobs," said lead author Daniel T.