It's a New and Startling Fact: Most American Women Spend More Years of Their Adult Lives Unmarried Than Married
A new non-fiction title: I Didn’t Work This Hard Just to Get Married by Nika C. Beamon examines this trend through the eyes of single Black women. Statistics show that 70 percent of African American women live without a man, despite traditional expectations within the community this trend.
Release Date: May 1, 2009
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
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"...I Didn’t Work This Hard Just To Get Married is filled with statistics, great information and details on how society views black women and our obligations to our children, families, and communities. We are also privy to some quirky tales of marriages gone wrong, single parenting, baby-mama drama and much more. These women express how they have been able to re-evaluate themselves and move forward. Not feeling obligated to marry or have a partner seems to be okay to these independent, self-sufficient hard-working women.
This book is for women of all ages; women who believe their clocks are ticking and are running out of time. Women who feel like they need a man to define them, you will definitely enjoy this book from cover-to-cover as you take this journey into finding yourself."
Reviewed by: Cheryl Hayes, APOOO BookClub
"What an incredibly liberating and inspiring collection of stories ..about learning to be comfortable in your skin and what u got --and that we are not alone in our journey. Thank you Nika for this gift."
Terrie M. Williams,Author, Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting
"This is an exciting book that fully explores the option of single status and the lives of the women who choose it. Weaving data with details on the lives of contemporary black women in their thirties, and highlighting the joys and complications of single status, Nika Beamon gives women making life choices a window into the thought processes of other women who have made similar choices. It is an important addition to work on the lives and options of African American women, and it is an absorbing read."
Julianne Malveaux, President, Bennett College for Women.
"Although I am an award-winning filmmaker, TV personality and author, many of my family members feel as though I lead a shallow and empty life because I choose to be unmarried without children. In this well-researched and thoughtful tome, Nika Beamon has given a voice to true choice among women in this post-millennial era."
Abiola Abrams, BET host, Author of the novel Dare