“When Susan B. Anthony began earning a salary as an elementary school teacher, at twenty-six, she had already turned down two marriage proposals in her quest to remain unmarried. She purchased for herself a fox-fur muff, a white silk hat, and a purple wool dress and wrote home, wondering if her peers might not feel rather sad because they are married and can not have nice clothes.”  Rebecca Traister, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

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