TIL the term “Spinster” for an older unmarried woman came from the late Middle Ages, married tradeswomen had an easier time obtaining higher-status, higher-income work than their unmarried peers. Unmarried women ended up with lower-status, lower-income jobs like combing, carding, and spinning wool.

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  1. “Some scholars” think that.

    Others suggest that since spinning was a profitable profession, women in that profession COULD afford to remain unmarried and didn’t need to depend on a man for mere survival.

    So spinster’s were single women who CHOSE not to get married because they made enough money spinning to support themselves

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