Rebecca Traister – acclaimed by Anne Lamott as as “the most brilliant voice on feminism in the country” – comes to Roosevelt House to discuss her groundbreaking book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, one of the most widely discussed – and bestselling – books of the year. Traister, writer-at-large for New York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle, examines the phenomenon – and long activist history – of the single woman in America, and the the key role played by single women in massive social change, including temperance, abolition, secondary education, and more. Traister will talk about how this history — and changing demographics — will shape the future of all Americans. Today, only twenty percent of Americans are married by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960.

This talk commemorates an historic date: the signing by President Nixon of Title IX, on June 23, 1972, legislation ensuring that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Rebecca Traister – “All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation” | Posted on June 13th, 2016 | Book Discussions, Public Programs