Fifty years ago, women were more or less trapped in the home. She was denied access to her own wages, denied access to nearly all professions, and often denied the right to own her own property. Marriage was near-universal, because single women had few rights; they were paid less than married women, never mind equal pay with men.
I knew as a little girl that marriage wasn't my thing. So many women haven't married because they don't need to be married to live reasonably well.
By the way, I always insist on going Dutch on dates, maybe you should too.

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