Women Living Single

Women Living Single

Thirty Women Share Their Stories of Navigating Through A Married World

Book - 1996
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Since single women are statistically happier than married women and single men, the idea that society still considers "old maids" a "condition" to be cured has its roots in mythologies long abandoned to reality. Reilly argues a case for the joys of single womanhood using interviews of 30 women between the ages of 28 and 76 who describe their family and friends, careers, the ways that society perceives them and how they perceive themselves. These women (painter, filmmaker, teacher, fire fighter, nurse) demonstrate the attractive diversity on the other side of marriage where women are doing everything but waiting for Prince Charming to save them. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Women Living Single chronicles the life journeys of thirty heterosexual women between the ages of twenty-eight and seventy-six who either deliberately or unexpectedly never married. These women are actively creating their own lives and making their own choices, all the while being hounded by their parents, excluded by many of their married friends, and stigmatized by the media.
The remarkable women profiled here include Susan Ryerson, one of Los Angeles' first black female firefighters; Ellen Adams, an environmentalist; Teresa Sanchez, who started her life in America in a bottling factory and now teaches comparative literature; Jillian Goodman, a nurse in Washington, D.C.; and many more. Along the way they reveal intelligent, surprising insights into how they have discovered ways to travel an unconventional route to a place where marriage is still a welcomed possibility, but no longer a requirement.

Publisher: Boston : Faber and Faber, c1996
ISBN: 9780571198887
Branch Call Number: 305.4896 REI
Characteristics: ix, 248 p. ; 24 cm


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