Old Maid's Day
Old Maid's Day is observed next on Sunday, June 4th, 2023 (249 days from today).
Old Maid’s Day is a celebration of honoring women who never marry and remain childless.
Old Maid's Day is celebrated on June 4th, sheds light on how single and childless women above the normal age of marriage get married. At first, 'old maid' was considered derogatory because it was used to mock unmarried and childless women. In the past, people had a strict view of the role of women to shape society and future generations. It is because of such societal expectations that single and childless women have faced difficult times. However, as time progressed and situations began to change, the term 'old maid' took on a much more positive connotation. Nowadays, Old Maid's Day is celebrated to honor the women who have chosen to focus on themselves as individuals.
History of Old Maid's Day
The first Old Maid's Day was celebrated in 1948 and its creator was Marion Richards coming from Jeffersonville. World War II has just ended and 16 million soldiers are returning home. Many marriages and relationships had to be halted because of the war, but the return signaled a new beginning. The period after the end of World War II recorded some of the highest number of marriages in the country. While it's certainly a cause for vibrant celebrations, there are still many women left behind because their partner hasn't returned from the war. Among 16 million American soldiers, there are 420,000 people who have never come back anymore. Women who never married because they waited for their lover to return (and never did) have been honored by Marion Richards. Richards organized the first Old Maid gathering, in which unmarried and childless women were honored and appreciated for their contributions to churches, schools, hospitals, and culture and society in general.
In the 21st century, times have changed dramatically, and women are less likely to be scorned for choosing to pursue a career and improve themselves than to have a husband and children. However, many women still face prejudice and the burden of social stigma if they do not get married and have children at the right time. Thus, women, in contrast to men, are expected to be more likely to get married. But Old Maid's Day refuses to let women bow to such expectations. Instead, the focus is shifted towards a life of freedom, filled with friendship, travel, and exciting adventures.
Interesting Facts about Old Maid’s Day
World War I left with some people reeling not to get married because of the loss of boyfriends. Status issues are another major concern. Women at that time did not accept to marry a man of low social status and moreover their parents could not afford to marry men of equal status. Another reason could be their fear of commitment, having children that keep them from getting married.
One such notable spinner was Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Ireland from 1558 to 1603, until her death. She was 69 years old when she died, childless, never married, although she had many offers from princes from all over the world. The reason is not known although there is much speculation. Despite many deliberations, she never married. She is rumored to be in love with Robert Dudely, Earl of Leicester. However, she neither admits nor makes her love public for fear that her marriage to Dudely will be ignored by everyone, leading to the loss of the throne.
Some reasons for Old Maid’s Day being loved
- It's a celebration of their resilience
Due to a patriarchal society and misconceptions, women face numerous barriers from birth. It is their resilience against this injustice and the pressures of society that make them live as they please. We should celebrate them because they teach us how to never give up.
- It's a celebration of their contributions
Old Maid’s Day was started as a way to recognize the efforts of all aged maids for the society in which they live. Although they are deeply hurt by the loss of loved ones in the war, they continue to serve society and live their lives the best they can.
- It's a celebration of their existence
To exist is to be against, and this phrase is the answer to all those who believe that the sole purpose of a woman's life is to marry, have children, and build society. Women, like men, have all normal rights, without the labels of marriage and parenthood.
How to celebrate Old Maid’s Day
Let's observe this day by narrating a poem to the Old Maid, who gave their life for their family. Often, women sacrifice their lives and avoid marriage due to family orientation. Sometimes, some families may depend solely on the woman's income and for that reason, she may have avoided marriage. Such women, who sacrifice their lives and motherhood, must be regarded as the sacred Angel of that family. Is it equal that a candle which diminishes itself to provide light to us and make bright the surroundings? Share something about them using the hashtag #OldMaid'sDay on social media.
Some women may not like marriage and motherhood to the bearer of the surname. Women should be commended for their bold decisions. Some will never get married due to physical or mental incompetence. At any rate such cases must be avoided as there are many treatment facilities to correct such problems. Age is not a factor for marriage. Anyone can marry anyone at any time. At the end of life, we don't need a partner to party with; we need a companion who can share our sufferings and happy moments. No problem, join this auspicious occasion and enjoy the Spinsterhood. And of course, a friend is a better companion than a husband and children.
Our research could not provide more details about Marion Richards. Post unknown facts about her, if any, using this #MarionRichards hashtag on social media.
ObservedOld Maid's Day has been observed annually on June 4th.
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Marion Richards in 1948