An 1889 Magazine Asked Single Women Why They Aren’t Married and Ouch, The Replies

Men didn’t help with the housework back then, either

Linda Caroll
Feb 12 · 7 min read

Basically, it was a rag-mag.

Why are you a spinster?

Left: Victorian woman reading the paper in a hammock; source // Right: Tit-bits Magazine “Spinster” Issue; source

Waiting for Mr. Darcy?

Tit-bits “Spinster Issue” photo source
Tit-bits “Spinster Issue” photo source

The rest? We moderns did not invent the burn…

Also? Too much work!

Source: Ranker

Wait! What? They paid women less?

Earning money was relatively new to women…

21 winners got 5 shillings each…

Tit-bits response page. Source

A nod to independent women…

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