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All the Single Ladies
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation | Rebecca Traister
In a provocative, groundbreaking work, National Magazine Awardfinalist Rebecca Traister, the most brilliant voice on feminism in this country (Anne Lamott), traces the history of unmarried women in America who, through social, political, and economic means, have radically shaped our nation.For legions of women, living single isnt news; its life. In 2009, the award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladiesa book she thought would be a work of contemporary journalismabout 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 (18901980), 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 changetemperance, 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 Traisters signature wit and insight, this book should be shelved alongside Gail Collinss When Everything Changed.
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cariashley
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Rebecca Traister is just the best and I‘ll read any book she writes. It was interesting to read this now given it was written pre-T&?%!p (I won‘t sully Litsy with the name). Traister‘s more recent book Good and Mad excellently picks up where this one left off, though.

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cariashley
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Made Smitten Kitchen‘s delicious pumpkin bread while listening to Rebecca Traister this morning. Feels appropriate after finishing The Power. #audiobaking

LauraJ Yum! 1mo
valeriegeary Nice! 🤤🤤 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks That looks wonderful! 🎃 1mo
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cathipink I made this the other day and it's my new favorite - I especially love that it uses the full can of pumpkin! 1mo
cariashley @LauraJ @valeriegeary @CoffeeCatsBooks it‘s really good!!! 😊 @cathipink agreed, I hate when the recipes only call for part of a can! 1mo
Sace Looks delicious and uses the full can? Impressive! 1mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Another good book on a #kindledeal today, if you are interested I recommend this one, or any by Rebecca Traister for that matter.

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ManyWordsLater
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#shelfie
left: TBR
middle: in progress
right: finished

ManyWordsLater Should tag the great find in this stack! Ludwig Bemelmans! 9mo
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ghandigl

Single women are helping the world get used to working women.

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ManyWordsLater
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Every session since 1923? It now seems like the least of our problems. (Though obviously not)
What is wrong with people?

#EqualRightsAmendment
#feminist #women #womensrights #humanrights #liberal #conservative #usa

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JacquelynLovesYou
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Listening to this on the Libby app and very much enjoying it.

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LaurenReads
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I loved this book - as a woman that didn‘t get married til 36 it really spoke to me! It‘s a really good read about female independence- no matter what that looks like for you. #audiobook #nonfiction

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LaurenReads
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The book I need right now...😡🤬

CoffeeK8 I just can‘t with today... a great read for today for sure. 1y
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brooke_eliz13
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This book isn‘t about how marriage is wrong, in fact, several of the women she talks about ended up married. This book is about giving women the freedom to be single if they want to and respecting their decision to live their life the way they want. Reading this book was so empowering for me, and it also helped me realize how much of our society still needs improvement. I cannot recommend it enough.

Shoutout to @thereadingwomen for recommending

brooke_eliz13 And boo at Litsy for giving me a character limit, I had so much more to say 1y
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brooke_eliz13
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How am I supposed to get any work done today with this gem in my purse?

“Single female life is not prescription, but its opposite: liberation.”

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PerksOfBeingABookworm I read Superwomen for a sociology of popular culture class. It was good! I‘ve also enjoyed everything I‘ve read by Jessica Valenti. 1y
Jess7 Awesome choices! 1y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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And if you haven‘t read it yet, her last book is on sale on Amazon Kindle today too! 😉

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Mc_cart_ny
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We were in the car for a couple hours so I started listening to this 🎧

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Mamashep
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I swear EVERY woman should read this book. And pass it along to your men. I am learning SO much!

Tjackson I felt the same way when I read it!! Then, I read Make Trouble by Cecile Richards and felt the same again!!!! 1y
Mamashep @Tjackson I‘ll have to pick that up! 1y
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Mamashep
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Not sure what A woman who‘s been married 35 yrs is going to make of this one but I‘ve heard so many great things. Should I play Beyoncé on continuous cycle while I read it? #feminism #nonfiction #readingmyowndamnbooks

KristinaRay I immediately thought of Beyoncé when I read the title? 1y
ephemeralwaltz Excited to hear your thoughts from your perspective! 1y
Mamashep It‘s going to be a slow read because I‘m learning so much. And so much of it is pissing me off! 1y
Mamashep @KristinaRay look up Stephen Merchant lip syncing to it on Fallon and you won‘t be able to get that out of your head. It‘s hilarious! 1y
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holarosarita
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I don‘t read a lot of nonfiction, but I loved this. I felt like I learned something on every page, it never dragged, and it supported my feminazgul agenda.

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DyAnne
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👍🏼

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holarosarita
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My last book for #readharder2018 !! (Unless I hate it and bail!) I‘m already living my best single life by eating homemade snack mix in bed anyway. #abookofsocialscience

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Ke633
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Book mail is the best mail!! #bookmail

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kdwinchester
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I tried to take a similar shot this year, but none of them could top this photo of last year‘s grumpy party of one. 😂 🎉

Happy Birthday to @thereadingwomen and all the love and thanks to @autumnprivett for helping to make this feminist magic happen. 😻

Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎈🎉🎂🎁🎊 2y
Redwritinghood Congrats on a successful year! 2y
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Tjackson
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30/52-🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 - a very thought provoking book full of history, statistics, and anecdotes about all single situations. The first 1/3 got me engaged and enraged, at times. The rest was thorough and interesting. As a single women without kids, by choice, there was a lot of affirmation and new ideas for me to ponder. Whether single or married, I think women should read it and I think regardless of lifestyle. you could see yourself somewhere in it.

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In conclusion....,.,,

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Tjackson
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Fun fact for trivia night! Who knew????

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Tjackson
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This book covers every possible topic related to singlehood!!!

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Tjackson
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A very valid point!!!

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Tjackson
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This book is very, very thought provoking and there are many powerful statements like this one. There are also some that make my blood boil.

Paula3 I ♡ this 2y
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Tjackson
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Squeezing in some reading while waiting for my doctor‘s appointment. I really want to finish this book this week, but life is getting in my way😥.

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Tjackson
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This statistic is infuriating!!😡🤬😡🤬😡🤬. We can do better. We must do better. Every time I read this and similar statistics, I just want to scream at the politicians and greedy people that continue to create this environment.

LaraReads Yes to all of that! 2y
Karkar 😱 that is sickening 2y
Sheryl63 It's just crazy 2y
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Tjackson
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Uuuugggghhhhhh!!!! I just don‘t get it!!

PerksOfBeingABookworm Clearly the misogynistic Rand Paul has never lived in poverty.... 2y
Reggie Yeah but he‘s probably that assshole that says abstinence is the only sex education is the one that matters. Doesn‘t want to support Planned Parenthood and the like but doesn‘t want to support the kids either. Fck him. 2y
Tjackson @Reggie Well said! Totally agree! 2y
Karkar Omg I am so embarrassed he is from where I live. 😫 2y
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Tjackson
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Woo hooo!!! Let‘s hear it for the girls! These are great statistics, but there are still inequalities.

MicrobeMom You are right! I would be interesting to have a stat of how many women are working within the fields and how much they make compared to their male counterparts. 2y
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Tjackson
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This is so true!!! Light bulbs - I have had 3 out for months, but I just don‘t have the energy to replace them. Two gutters are falling down and I finally signed a contract to get them fixed! Living independently (being single) can be exhausting, but I wouldn‘t have it any other way.

Notafraidofwords For many married women, they do a lot of stuff In the house and still gotta take care of a grown ass man. No thank you mam lol 2y
Tjackson @Notafraidofwords LOL! That‘s a great point!!! 2y
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I have never heard of these words.... never!

theresidentromantic The first person to call me a "kidult" might have something terrible happen to them. 2y
Tjackson @theresidentromantic I totally agree!!!! 2y
AmyG Just because you are unattached doesn‘t make anyone a kidult. 2y
BookishBelle I‘ve never heard them either. And that seems a little rude. Not everyone has the chance to be or chooses to be in a relationship. That doesn‘t mean they‘re any less adult than the ones who do. 🙄 2y
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Tjackson
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Lots of awesome quotes in this chapter!!!

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Tjackson
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#myyearwithwill. Even when I am not reading Shakespeare or a book about him, I encounter passages about him! Will is everywhere!

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Totally agree!!!!!

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Tjackson
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Looking forward to #8INTWO as I have at least 3 books to finish reading and it is miserable weather outside!!!

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Tjackson
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Starting my weekend by jumping right back to this fascinating book. Hope to finish it this weekend.

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Tjackson
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NYC does have a lot to offer!!

theresidentromantic It's funny. I made the opposite choice and though I love my fiance dearly, I think about the choice itself all the time. It's less the city and more a way and motion of life you're giving up. I don't regret it, but I also could've easily gone the other way. 2y
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Tjackson
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Judy Blume❤️❤️❤️

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Tjackson
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Another history lesson - 1957 - Amherst College

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Tjackson
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Interesting historical factoid! “Wombs and ovaries would atrophy” hmmmmmm?

Karkar 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 does that mean no more aunt flow?? If so, sign me up right now! (edited) 2y
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Tjackson
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So many of the quotes are really pissing me off! Author is sharing multiple points of views. It is just some of the POV are making me mad.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow, that POV would rapidly make a rebel out of me! (edited) 2y
Vertabrain I can‘t even!! 🤯 2y
Tjackson @Vertabrain I know! I know! 2y
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Tjackson @JanuarieTimewalker13 I totally agree!!!! Unbelievable 2y
Crystalblu As a married woman, I call bullshit! 2y
BethM W.T.F. And I'm married. But full disclosure I also get pissy when someone refers to me as Mrs. 2y
Tjackson @Crystalblu I do too!!! 2y
TrishB BS 😡 2y
Bookcation74 I angry read this book and am still mad I wasted my time! 2y
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Yeah for single ladies who vote! Now, let‘s make sure all of us are the polls this year! You can‘t complain about the state of our union if you don‘t complete your civic responsibility and vote!!! I voted and I am doing my fair share of complaining because I am NOT happy with the current state of our union!!! Let‘s get this done right in the 2018 midterms!

Crystalblu Us married ladies are doing our part too!! 😉🤪 2y
Tjackson @Crystalblu yeah!!!!! 2y
Julsmarshall Yay for all the ladies! Unmarried and Married! #smashthepatriarchy 2y
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Tjackson
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1973!!!!! Thank goodness singlehood is socially acceptable—— could you even imagine it not???? Hmmmmm. Good for though.

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Tjackson
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Wow....just wow!!!!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s a great and thought provoking book, isn‘t it? 2y
BethM This irritates me as much as the other quotes! 2y
Vertabrain Even though many of the quotes provoke all the feels (not in a good way), the history of woman‘s influence on American society is one of my favorite feminist topics to explore. I love reading old magazines from the 50‘s, for ex., because they blow my mind and illustrate all of the issues Betty Friedan pointed out in The Feminine Mystique. Totally buying this book ASAP. 2y
Tjackson @Vertabrain It is a fascinating book and I am enjoying it! I was to scream at times, but I keep reading! 2y
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Tjackson
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Finished 2 books early this morning and now I trying to finish this one!!! 10% read and I can relate to nearly everything in the book so far.

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Tjackson
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.....,,DOES NOT....,