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Bachelor Girl: The Secret History of Single Women in the Twentieth Century

Bachelor Girl: The Secret History of Single Women in the Twentieth Century

In this lively and colorful book of popular history, journalist Betsy Israel shines a light on the old stereotypes that have stigmatized single women for years and celebrates their resourceful sense of spirit, enterprise, and unlimited success in a world where it is no longer unusual or unlikely to be unwed.

Introduction: I Think We’re Alone Now

Chapter 1. The Classical Spinster: Redundants, The Singly Blessed, and The Early New Women

Chapter 2. The Single Steps Out: Bowery Gals, Shoppies, and The Bohemian Bachelorette

Chapter 3. Thin and Raging Things: New (New) Women, Gibson Goddesses, Flapping Ad Darlings, and The All-New Spinster In Fur

Chapter 4. The Suspicious Single: Job Stealers, The Riveting Rosie, and The Neurotic Husband Hunter

Chapter 5. The Secret Single: Runaway Bachelor Girls; Catching the Bleecker Street Beat and/or Blues at the Barbizon

Chapter 6. The Swinging Single: Career Girls, The Autonomous Girl, The Pill Popper, and The Lone Female In Danger

Chapter 7. Today’s Moderne Unmarried—her Times and Trials: Ice Queens of the Eighties and Nineties, Baby Brides, Slacker Spinsters, and The Singular Cry of the Wild: “Hey! Get Your Stroller Off My Sidewalk!”

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