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date: 17 April 2024

Single Women. 

The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Amy M. FroideAmy M. Froide

Throughout world history virtually all societies have viewed marriage and the family as the cornerstones of social order. For women this has meant that wifehood and motherhood have been central to their female identity. Despite these truisms, some women have never married. How numerous and how acknowledged these single women have been has varied temporally and historically, but it is likely that single women—which in the context of this article means those who have never legally married—have been more common throughout history than has generally been assumed.... ...

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