A lady who remains unmarried

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a lady who remains unmarried

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister

A nuanced investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women in America. In a provocative, groundbreaking work, National Magazine Award finalist Rebecca Traister, “the most brilliant voice on feminism in the country” (Anne Lamott), traces the history of unmarried and late-married women in America who, through social, political, and economic means, have radically shaped our nation.

In 2009, the award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladies—a book she thought would be a work of contemporary journalism—about the twenty-first century phenomenon of the American single woman. It was the year the proportion of American women who were married dropped below fifty percent; and the median age of first marriages, which had remained between twenty and twenty-two years old for nearly a century (1890–1980), had risen dramatically to twenty-seven.

But over the course of her vast research and more than a hundred interviews with academics and social scientists and prominent single women, Traister discovered a startling truth: the phenomenon of the single woman in America is not a new one. And historically, when women were given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, the results were massive social change—temperance, abolition, secondary education, and more.

Today, only twenty percent of Americans are wed by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960. The Population Reference Bureau calls it a “dramatic reversal.” All the Single Ladies is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the single American woman. Covering class, race, sexual orientation, and filled with vivid anecdotes from fascinating contemporary and historical figures, All the Single Ladies is destined to be a classic work of social history and journalism. Exhaustively researched, brilliantly balanced, and told with Traister’s signature wit and insight, this book should be shelved alongside Gail Collins’s When Everything Changed.
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Single, Childless Women are Happiest? Really?

But the world reminds women every day that the pinnacle of female success is still marriage. The word spinster was used to refer to single women between the ages of , while thornback is reserved for those 26 and above, writer Sophia Benoit discovered.
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If you’re an unmarried woman over the age of 26, you’re not a spinster, you’re a thornback

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy , Privacy Policy , and our Terms of Service. It only takes a minute to sign up. This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center , please edit the question. Bachelorette is an American English term for an unmarried woman.

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Is marriage only for the insecure or the deficient? But she might as well. Bolick, who is in her early forties, has never had much anxiety about finding a new mate. Spinster is a specifically American book. Bolick seems rarely to venture outside the circumference of New York, where she now lives, and her home town in Massachusetts.

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  1. Spinster is a term referring to an unmarried woman who is older than what is perceived as the They remained unmarried not because of individual shortcomings but because they didn't find the one "who could be all things to the heart".

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