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A Feminist Guide to Country Music

The Carter Family — “Single Girl, Married Girl”

The Carter Family — Sara, Maybelle, and AP, in their first iteration — probably weren’t the first to sing this folk standard, but it echoes the roots of feminism in country and folk music. “Single Girl, Married Girl” is a cautionary tale urging women to savor their independence. The single girl gets to flit about wearing nice clothes while the married girl “rocks the cradle and cries.” Not the best.