women of distinction | April 20, 2015

The Pleasures & Possibilities of Staying Single: Kate Bolick's New Book Spinster

Spinster is a triumph, a provocative and moving exploration of what it means for a woman to chart her own course,” says Malcolm Gladwell of speaker Kate Bolick's new book. Just released today, Spinster examines a new demographic shift: 100 million unmarried American women, whose ranks keep growing. It's both an unreservedly inquisitive memoir, a study of five pioneering single women, and a broader cultural exploration of the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. The New York Times wrote in a glowing review: "The book sets forth a clear vision not just for single women, but for all women: to disregard the reigning views of how women should live, to know their own hearts and to carve out a little space for their dreams."

Bolick appeared on The Today Show yesterday morning to talk about the book. "I wanted to show that the state of being that many women avoid—unmarried and childless—has been a state of being in which many women have thrived, past and present," she said on Today. "Amazing things can happen when people are alone."

Watch the segment:

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In her talks, Bolick asks: What does staying single mean for women, for men, and for our society? To book Kate Bolick as a speaker for your next event, contact The Lavin Agency speakers bureau.

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