Kate Bolick is not afraid of the “s” word — that’s “spinster,” a term that, historically, has usually been used for aunts and other unmarried women progressing through adulthood. It’s always carried stigma with it, too — a “spinster” is not just single, exactly, but rather someone who’s been passed over by men and is somehow a little less worthy.
But with more women choosing to remain unmarried, Bolick says it’s time to reclaim the word, which is outdated and patriarchal. It’s time for women to stop defining themselves to society by marital status, she says — so go ahead and call her a spinster.
That word also forms the title of her new book, and we caught up with her to find out more about that, and about her effort to change everyone’s thinking about unmarried women.