All the Single Ladies
Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
Narrated by Candace Thaxton / 11 hours 39 minutes
If you enjoyed Girl Up, then you’ll love All the Single Ladies.
“Get ready Gals! Laura Bates, author of Everyday Sexism has a follow-up survival guide for young feminists and it’s fantastic. Are you a militant, man-hater with hairy armpits? Guess what? Much like these myths behind feminism, Girl Up tackles the topics challenging young women in our shallow society such as the manipulative media, mass misogyny and the belief it is up to women to alter their behavior for beating the rape wrath. An important image-busting book, Girl Up is a must read for all maneuvering through life amongst social media and its threat to our everyday existence. I highly recommend!”Kristin, McLean & Eakin Booksellers
A nuanced investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women in America, this “singularly triumphant work” (Los Angeles Times) by Rebecca Traister “the most brilliant voice on feminism in the country” (Anne Lamott) is “sure to be vigorously discussed” (Booklist, starred review).
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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