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

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 1, 2016 - History - 352 pages
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The New York Times bestselling investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women is “an informative and thought-provoking book for anyone—not just the single ladies—who want to gain a greater understanding of this pivotal moment in the history of the United States” (The New York Times Book Review).

In 2009, award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladies 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 married by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960.

“An informative and thought-provoking book for anyone—not just single ladies” (The New York Times Book Review), All the Single Ladies is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the unmarried American woman. Covering class, race, sexual orientation, and filled with vivid anecdotes from fascinating contemporary and historical figures, “we’re better off reading Rebecca Traister on women, politics, and America than pretty much anyone else” (The Boston Globe).
 

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As a single girl, this book really spoke to what it's like to be living independently as a woman in the 21st century. Reading it, I felt like someone finally 'got it' and knew what it really felt and understood how rigged the patriarchal system is. Read full review

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All the Single Ladies takes a look at the lives, the reasons and the impact of the rise of unmarried women. I enjoyed the book, being from the south in my mid-twenties I hear how I ought to be getting ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
13
CHAPTER
37
CHAPTER THREE
70
CHAPTER FOUR
96
CHAPTER FIVE
123
CHAPTER
153
CHAPTER EIGHT
211
CHAPTER NINE
237
CHAPTER
267
Conclusion
297
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Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. A National Magazine Award finalist, she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for The New Republic and Salon and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Observer, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Glamour and Marie Claire. She is the author of All the Single Ladies and the award-winning Big Girls Don’t Cry. She lives in New York with her family.

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