30 Best Pop Culture Spinsters

The word “spinster” refers to an unmarried woman, and is most often synonymous with the stereotype of the past-her-prime old maid, a woman who hasn’t made a good match and who’s doomed to live an unfulfilling life. Well, that’s just stereotypes talking, because… hey, what’s wrong with that, exactly? The answer is absolutely nothing. Pop culture has given us some pretty great spinsters (although on average they do fall within a specific, homogenous, moneyed, and white demographic). So here are our 30 favorite writers, artists, and fictional characters who show the freedom that comes from living an unmarried life — female characters who are defined by their wants and desires, and not characterized through the simple scrim of their relationships.


Sabrina’s Aunts, Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Sabrina the Teenage Witch may be a tale as old as Archie comics, but the ne plus ultra version of Sabrina’s 600-year-old aunts come from the long-running Melissa Joan Heart series: ditsy Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and whiskey-voiced Zelda (Beth Broderick), sparring back-and-forth with Salem the animatronic black cat.