Redbook - There are almost 57 million single women currently living in America, so unless there's a clandestine army of lonely cat ladies somewhere out there, it's safe to say these single women are a far cry from the sad spinster stereotype they're still (still) trying to shake. Let's all say it together now: Women can be single and happy.
So why are single women happier now? Well, this is the first moment in history where Americans have really started to break with that whole 'single women equal lonely spinsters while single men equal adventurous bachelors' narrative, which is huge. According to Dana Weiser, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University, it's part of a major cultural shift that's been brewing over the past several decades.