National Singles Week
National Unmarried and Single Americans Week is September 18-24, 2011
Every year, National Singles Week (or more properly known as National Unmarried and Single Americans Week) takes place the third full week of September. This week gives a chance for unmarried people to celebrate the opportunities their status gives them, as well as raise awareness of issues affecting singles in the United States.
- There are about 99.6 million unmarried people (18 and older) living in the United States. That's over 43% of all American adults!
- There are 88 single men for every 100 single women in the country.
- Of women who had a baby in the previous year, 35% are single moms.
- There are around 6.9 million unmarried partner households.
- Of voters in the 2008 election, 38% were single.
How to Celebrate
Many U.S. cities and towns have signed proclamations recognizing the third week in September as National Unmarried and Single Americans Week. Check your local events calendars to see what kind of events might already be planned. If you don't find anything of interest, plan something yourself!
- Invite unmarried and single friends over for a dinner party and enjoy being together.
- Spend some time creating a list of ways you an take advantage of your unmarried status. For example: easy traveling, time to accomplish personal goals, etc. Then plan how you will do those things in the coming year.
- Watch Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Cranford or any other movie that celebrates friendship and being single.
- Scour the stores for National Singles Week cards for your friends. If you don't find any, make some yourself with cardstock and cute pictures of you and them. Have fun hand-delivering them.
Issues Affecting Singles
There are many issues that concern singles in America, including:
- Societal views of what a traditional family looks like
- Insurance questions in a civil union
- Raising children in an unmarried household
- Finding support in the community
Spread the Love!
This National Singles Week, make sure you reach out to all your loved ones who are unmarried right now and let them know you love and appreciate them!