All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an by Rebecca Traister

By Rebecca Traister

A nuanced research into the sexual, financial, and emotional lives of girls in the USA, this “singularly positive work” (Los Angeles instances) by means of Rebecca Traister “the so much superb 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 all started all of the unmarried Ladies—a e-book she suggestion will be a piece of latest journalism—about the twenty-first century phenomenon of the yankee unmarried lady. It used to be the yr the percentage 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 previous for almost a century (1890–1980), had risen dramatically to twenty-seven.

But over the process her massive examine and greater than 100 interviews with lecturers and social scientists and renowned unmarried girls, Traister chanced on a startling fact: the phenomenon of the one girl in the United States isn't really a brand new one. And traditionally, whilst girls got thoughts past early heterosexual marriage, the implications have been large social change—temperance, abolition, secondary schooling, and more.

Today, simply 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.” the entire unmarried women is a extraordinary portrait of latest American lifestyles and the way we came, during the lens of the one American lady. protecting classification, race, sexual orientation, and packed with shiny anecdotes from attention-grabbing modern and old figures, the entire unmarried women is destined to be a vintage paintings of social heritage and journalism. Exhaustively researched, brilliantly balanced, and informed with Traister’s signature wit and perception, this booklet will be shelved along Gail Collins’s while every little thing replaced.

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For instance, Raden Ayu Surio Hadikusumo, a sister of Kartini, argued that girls should be prepared at school ‘to become competent in an occupation by means of which they can later become financially independent’ or to learn how to be a good housewife, able to raise children, look after the health of the family and be ‘a life-companion of an educated and civilised man’. However, as might be expected of a sister of Kartini, she did not lose the opportunity to criticise the ‘social evils’ which she believed that education of girls would help eliminate: child marriage and polygamy.

Women would need to learn to speak in public, because ‘it is an inescapable fact that the ideas of men and women differ in many respects’. She pointed to a recent meeting of the social welfare organisation Maju Kemuliaan (Noble Advancement), where women repeatedly expressed their craving for knowledge ‘so as no longer to be fooled by men about things which we women can and must know for ourselves’. Cases in point for this midwife, drawn from her own hard experience, were the ignorance of girls about sex and pregnancy, and the dangers of venereal disease.

Colonial supporters of education for girls did indeed regard it as radical in the Indonesian context, but just as we know now that Western education 38 Women and the State in Modern Indonesia in the Indies created the largely unintended consequence of nationalism among its recipients, so it seems the European proponents of schooling for girls did not foresee its full consequences. Their words and actions had quite different reverberations in the Indies than they did back in Europe, giving rise to uncertainties, contradictions and conflicts, as well as emancipatory implications for many women of that time.

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