By Rebecca Traister
A nuanced research into the sexual, monetary, and emotional lives of ladies in the USA, this “singularly victorious work” (Los Angeles instances) by way of Rebecca Traister “the so much incredible voice on feminism within the country” (Anne Lamott) is “sure to be vigorously discussed” (Booklist, starred review).
In 2009, the award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister began the entire unmarried Ladies—a ebook she notion will be a piece of latest journalism—about the twenty-first century phenomenon of the yankee unmarried girl. It was once the 12 months the share of yank ladies who have been married dropped less than fifty percentage; and the median age of first marriages, which had remained among twenty and twenty-two years outdated for almost a century (1890–1980), had risen dramatically to twenty-seven.
But over the process her colossal learn and greater than 100 interviews with lecturers and social scientists and favourite unmarried ladies, Traister chanced on a startling fact: the phenomenon of the one girl in the United States isn't a brand new one. And traditionally, while girls got innovations past early heterosexual marriage, the consequences have been giant social change—temperance, abolition, secondary schooling, and more.
Today, purely twenty percentage of american citizens are wed via age twenty-nine, in comparison to approximately sixty percentage in 1960. The inhabitants Reference Bureau calls it a “dramatic reversal.” all of the unmarried women is a impressive portrait of up to date American lifestyles and the way we came, throughout the lens of the only American girl. masking category, race, sexual orientation, and jam-packed with bright anecdotes from interesting modern and historic figures, all of the unmarried girls is destined to be a vintage paintings of social historical past and journalism. Exhaustively researched, brilliantly balanced, and instructed with Traister’s signature wit and perception, this publication could be shelved along Gail Collins’s while every thing replaced.
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All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister