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Rebecca Traister

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Rebecca Traister until we are able to commission a full entry.

Photo of author Rebecca Traister, courtesy of Rebecca Traister.

In her book All the Single Ladies, Rebecca Traister investigates why so many women are choosing to remain single, and the impact single women can have on society. Traister graduated from Northwestern University in 1997 and worked briefly at Talk magazine before becoming a film critic at the New York Observer for four years. She then spent eight years as a senior staff writer at Salon, covering issues of women in politics and the media. Her first book, Big Girls Don’t Cry, focused on Hillary Clinton’s first campaign for the presidency. It was a New York Times Notable Book and won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize in 2012, the same year Traister was honored with the Jewish Women’s Archive’s Making Trouble Award. Her second book, All the Single Ladies (2016), discussed the financial and social reasons why women’s median age at first marriage recently jumped by five years for the first time in over a century, and the ways in which single women in other eras used their freedom to lobby for massive social changes. As of 2017, Traister works as a freelance writer, journalist, and as a contributing editor at Elle magazine.

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