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

Once upon a time (and still in some parts of the world today) the worst thing a woman could be was single and childless.

Rebecca Traister’s new book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, explores not only the history of single women in this country, but how the modern single woman deal with being single today.

Mingling interviews with single women of various races and economic levels with press clippings from the past, Ms. Traister examines how single women in the past dealt with the challenges of a life without a husband compared to today. She also speaks to the reasons that women today choose to delay or entirely put off marriage.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a single woman, I appreciated both the historical aspect of the book and the reasons why women today are choosing to either temporarily or permanently put off the traditional role of a wife. I also appreciated the fact that she spoke of the fact that women of color have been single, working mothers for generations while white middle class women are relatively new to (compared to women of color) the idea of being single and working for a living.

I recommend it.

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