Jessica Valenti interviews author Rebecca Traister about how she uncovered rich accounts of social progress intertwining with changing marriage patterns – and single women were at the front and center of change

Rebecca Traister, author and writer at large for New York magazine, is one of the foremost feminist writers in the country. Her 2008 book, Big Girls Don’t Cry took an in-depth look at Hillary Clinton’s last presidential run and how it marked a watershed moment in feminism. Her new book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, was released this week. She took some time out from her book tour to talk with the Guardian.

Jessica: You wove some of your own personal story of single (and married) life throughout this book – tell me a little bit about how the idea for this book came about and how your own story influenced you.