In order to stand out from the constant onslaught of love-related studies, researchers at the University of Missouri titled a new study: I'm a Loser, I'm Not Married, Let's Just All Look at Me. They examined the messages society and families send women who are not married by their mid-30s. They found that as the number of single women goes up, the stigma associated with it remains. For example, the women in the study reported being the butt of many jokes and said they often have to justify their single status or field intrusive questions.
But while society in general might favor the conventional path, there are plenty of examples of how ditching the road more traveled can lead to a happy and successful life. I've rounded up 10 single ladies who might help diminish the stigma associated with not rocking a wedding ring. While I doubt people will soon ask "Why are you married?" instead of "Why aren't you married?" perhaps examples of strong, single women will get people to at least mind their own business!