I’ve tried to read this book multiple times, but could never seem to fit it in before I had to return it. Finally, I found it on Overdrive in audio form and sped through it.
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister is a well-researched and thought out book about the history and present reality of single women in America. Traister interviewed hundreds of women about their personal experiences and also cites other studies and books to support her claims.
Traister comes to the conclusion that the way to “save marriage” in America is for women to be equal and to support women as people who make their own decisions about their bodies and what to do with their lives. I agree 100% with her assertion. I tried to listen to this book with a critical ear and I still believe that her research fully justified her claims.
This book was occasionally hard for me to listen to. I learned a lot of the lessons about being by myself in college. While my friends were dating and in long-term relationships, I was more focused on classes and work. I grew up and went to college in Texas, where so many people are thinking about marriage early. I had a lot of female friends get married as soon as they graduated college, or before. I wish I’d had this book then, when I was doubting whether I would ever be in a long-term relationship, much less get married. It is reassuring to know that I’m still within the normal age range, even in Texas, where the average from 2010-2015 was 26.1 for women and 27.8 for men.
Overall, I found this book to be well-researched and informative. I am personally invested in the topic and the social issues that are discussed. I highly recommend this book to anyone curious about the current state of marriage, women, families, or socio-economic status for women in America.