So many in the U.S. (Gutsy Broads included) are celebrating universal freedom to marry, but I’d also like to take a moment to celebrate its inverse: the freedom NOT to marry.

Take Erin Auerbach, for example. Unmarried at 42, Auerbach is enjoying the hell out of her life.

I love Auerbach’s honest account of what being over 40 and single is like — both the bad and the (mostly) good. She struggles with uncertainty and occasional loneliness — who doesn’t? — but she revels in her freedom and the confidence that comes with maturity:

“So turning 40 gave me a magical gift. The number of f***s I give about what anyone thinks of me has dramatically dropped — as the number of candles on my birthday cake has risen.”

Damn straight. The traditional script for women calls for marriage, kids and a sensible career path. Gutsy Broads don’t follow that script (if it doesn’t suit them). They write their own.

For giggles and inspiration, I put together a slideshow (you can take the broad out of digital journalism, but you can’t take the digital journalism out of the broad) of notable women who never married. Behold!

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Love won yesterday, but I’d say more broadly that we’ve expanded the meaning of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in my country — and to me that’s a beautiful thing.


Good Housekeeping is among the Hearst publications participating in a new contributor program (full disclosure: the guy in charge of it is a friend of Gutsy Broads and one of the smartest and coolest people I’ve ever worked with). Auerbach is a promising new voice there, and I can’t wait to read more from her. And Amy Feinstein. And Jill Valentino.

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