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

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

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Bachelor Girl:  The Secret History of Single Women in the Twentieth Century by Betsy Israel is a 294-page hardcover published in 2002 by William Morrow, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, and is a stated first edition. There is some writing in ink on the front end paper.  Otherwise, both dust jacket and book are in very good condition, with little to no signs of wear. 

Book Summary

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.

Drawing extensively on primary sources, including private journals, newspaper stories, magazine articles, advertisements, films, and other materials from popular media, Israel paints remarkably vivid portraits of single women--and they way they were perceived--throughout the decades.  From the nineteenth-century spinsters of New England to the Bowery girls of New York City, from the 1920s flappers to the 1940s working women of the war years and the career girls of the 1950s and 1960s, single women have fought to find and feel comfortable in that room of their own.  As witty as it is well researched, as thoughtful as it is lively, Bachelor Girl is a must-read for women everywhere.

ISBN:  0-380-97649-8


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