In 2009, the percentage of single women in the United States rose above 50% for the first time in history. The median age of first marriages dramatically rose from twenty and twenty-two years old–which it had been steadily for centuries to the 1980s–to twenty-eight*. Beyonce’s singing about it, countless books celebrate it, and women are living proudly independent more and for longer than ever. Being a single woman in today’s world can be empowering,
Being a single woman in today’s world can be empowering! Or, it’s just life! Or… it can be really hard
On today’s show, Jacqueline is joined in the studio by fellow media ladies Jen Doll, Erin Fairbanks, and Lindsey Rupp, to discuss the intricacies of moving through the world solo. Then, returning guests Jamie Feldmar and Jane Alison and Lonely Hour Podcast host Julia Bainbridge join via some audio tracks, which the in-studio ladies listen to and share: How does being single affect our social interactions during weddings and holidays? Our fiercely ambitious creative work lives? And what would out lives look like if we choose to forgo love… indefinitely?
Have a listen as one seriously dynamic group of ladies hashes it all out.
About Jen Doll
Jen Doll is the author of the memoir Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest. She a freelance writer who’s contributed work to The Atlantic, Elle, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, and other publications. She’s currently working on a young adult novel for FSG Children. Find her at www.jendoll.com, on Twitter, and Instagram.
About Erin Fairbanks
In 2005, Erin left the Midwest and her post at Zingerman’s Deli to try her hand at being a line cook in New York City. She walked into the kitchen of Savoy offering to peel carrots and didn’t leave for two years. Next, she spent time at Gramercy Tavern, initiating their in-house charcuterie program. Then following her passion for pigs she moved north where she spent a year at Flying Pigs Farm, where she directed “Farm Camp at Flying Pigs Farm”. In 2011, she launched “No Goat Left Behind,” a national project of Heritage Foods USA. After completing her graduate degree in Urban Policy Analysis at The New School for Public Engagement she joined the HeritageRadioNetwork.Org team as Executive Director in the Spring of 2012. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.
About Lindsey Rupp
Lindsey Rupp co-hosts Bloomberg’s Material World podcast, which delves into all the things consumers spend their money on. She also writes about retailers in the mall — from Macy’s to Abercrombie to Lululemon. Lindsey graduated from Duke University, where she was editor of the independent student newspaper. Now that her job’s made her hate shopping, Lindsey spends her time obsessing about college basketball and her hipster cat. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.
* From All the Single Ladies, an excellent book by Rebecca Traister
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