Katie Couric's Notebook: Dating

In 1986, Newsweek famously proclaimed that a 40-year-old single woman was "more likely to be killed by a terrorist" than to ever marry. Twenty years later, the magazine retracted that statement, calling it far too grim.

But the lack of eligible men is a real dilemma. A recent Wall Street Journal story bemoaned the plight of the successful single gal who still can't find a mate.

Women now earn 58% of all bachelor's degrees and are entering the workforce in record numbers. Meanwhile, we're in a so-called "man-cession" where an estimated 80 percent of lost jobs were held by men.

That leaves fewer employed men to go around. And when the ratio is so much in their favor, that gives guys the upper hand....and often means more men behaving badly.

So instead of worrying about "marrying up," women should focus on marrying right - choose someone you feel has integrity, character and shares the same values. This is supposed to be an unlimited partnership, not a leveraged buyout.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.