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“That old maid myth is garbage”: Famous women on the power of being single

“So… why are you still single?”

It may be the 21st century, with more and more people choosing to stay single than ever before, but there’s still a lot of pressure on women to conform to sexist and outdated narratives. They’re frequently asked why they haven’t settled down, warned that their biological clocks are ticking, and made to feel like bagging an engagement ring is the be-all and end-all of everything.

But, despite what some people might have you believe, being single is an awesome state of being – and one of the most empowering, too.

Read more: A single woman explains why she’s so much happier on her own

Yes, while relationships can be lovely, marriage and monogamy isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be – and many of us feel most satisfied, fulfilled, and happy when we’re going it alone.

As Carrie Bradshaw famously told Sex and the City fans, “being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.”

From Charlize Theron to Gloria Steinem, Kim Cattrall to Rihanna, we’ve looked to these 30 empowering and badass women for some words of wisdom on the power of being single...


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