Rebecca Traister All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation (2016) examined the phenomenon of independent women, showing that when women were given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, the results were massive social movements, including temperance, abolition, and secondary education. As Traister writes, “The story of single women is the story of the country.”
Rebecca Traister is a writer at large for New York Magazine and a contributing editor at Elle, covering women in politics, media, and entertainment. She has also written for Salon, The New Republic, and The New York Times Magazine. She is the author of Big Girls Don’t Cry (2010), a New York Times Notable Book, which examined the 2008 presidential campaign and its impact on American politics, women, and feminism. All the Single Ladies was included on 2016 best book lists compiled by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR.