Bachelor Girl: The Secret History of Single Women in the Twentieth Century

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Aurum, 2003 - Single women - 294 pages
Journalist Betsy Israel chronicles the ever-changing life of the single womanince the late-1800s.;Drawing extensively on primary sources, includingrivate journals, newspaper stories, magazine articles, advertisements, filmsnd television programmes, Israel paints a vivid portrait of single women -nd the way they were perceived - from the late-19th century to the turn ofhe 21st. From the Bowery girls of New York and the flappers of the Roaringwenties to the working women of the War years and the "ballbreaking" careeroemn of the 1980s, single women have long had an uneasy relationship withhe rest of society.;The author shines a light on the (often quite ludicrous)ld stereotypes that have been used to keep single women in their place, andelebrates their spirit and resourcefulness in the face of condemnation andontempt from commentators anxious that unattached females might underminehe social fabric.

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User Review  - RubyScarlett - LibraryThing

This is a 4.5 star-book. Sadly, Goodreads doesn't allow for half stars so I have to make do with an imperfect rating. Oh well. Bachelor Girl is a riveting read. Its scope is both an asset and a fault ... Read full review

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It's an interesting experience to read two consecutive books on the same basic topic, one written by an academic and the other by a magazine writer. This one is the latter. The pluses were a more ... Read full review

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