A nuanced investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women in America. In a provocative, groundbreaking work, National Magazine Award finalist Rebecca Traister, “the most brilliant voice on feminism in the country” (Anne Lamott), traces the history of unmarried and late-married women in America who, through social, political, and economic means, have radically shaped our nation.

Traister’s “exemplary framework of cultural inclusion, the personal candor and palpable desire to lift up each and every one of us, is what makes All the Single Ladies a singularly triumphant work of women presented in beautiful formation.”
“A monumental study of the political, economic, social, and sexual consequences of the rise of unmarried women…”
The New Republic
“Wonderfully inclusive, examining single women from all walks of life—working-, middle-, and upper-class women; women of color and white women; queer and straight ones…With All the Single Ladies she brings her trademark intelligence and wit to bear…”
Roxane Gay, Elle
“Fascinating, entertaining, surprising—and heartening. A brilliant book that is also warm, funny and a pleasure to read.”
Katha Pollitt
A “fast-paced, fascinating book…”
Library Journal (starred review)
“Exploring all aspects of single life—social, economic, racial, and sexual—Traister’s comprehensive volume, sure to be vigorously discussed, is truly impressive in scope and depth while always managing to be eminently readable and thoughtful.”
Booklist (starred review)
A “nuanced...funny...invigorating study of single women in America”
Publishers’ Weekly

New York City

Mar 1, 2016

Cooper Union

6:30 PM

Panel moderated by Elle's Robbie Myers, Fusion's Dodai Stewart and EMILY's List's Jess McIntosh.

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Mar 2, 2016

Greenlight Bookstore

7:30 pm

A conversation with Anna Holmes

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Washington, DC

Mar 3, 2016

Politics & Prose

7 PM

A reading

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Los Angeles

Mar 7, 2016

A Call Your Girlfriend Live Event with Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

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San Francisco

Mar 8, 2016

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

7:00 pm

A conversation with Peggy Orenstein

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Mar 10, 2016

Town Hall Seattle

7:30 pm

Conversation with Stephanie Coontz

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Portland, Oregon

Mar 11, 2016


7:30 pm

A reading

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Mar 22, 2016

Penn Book Center

6:30 pm

A reading

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San Antonio

Apr 2, 2016

San Antonio Book Festival

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Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. A National Magazine Award finalist, she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for The New Republic and Salon and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Observer, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Traister’s first book, Big Girls Don’t Cry, about women and the 2008 election, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010 and the winner of the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book prize. She lives in New York with her family.