Before 19th Century, married women in England had to transfer their properties and titles to their husbands and they could not regain control of such properties upon divorce. Therefore divorce usually left such women impoverished. In contrast, women who were single or widowed maintained control over their property and inheritance. So why did women with properties and titles want to get married? Wasn't it better to live a single life? They could have boyfriends and children if they wanted, but marriage seemed to be a risky choice under most circumstances.