feme sole


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feme sole

a single woman, whether spinster, widow, or divorcee; a woman whose marriage has been annulled or who is otherwise independent of her husband, as by owning her own property.
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With marriage, the single woman's role changed from feme sole to feme covert.
Baptist women in the roles of daughter, feme sole, feme covert, and widow took on these roles in largely the same manner as conforming women.
Even without knowing the terms of Mary Frith's marriage settlement, we can define her status as that of a feme sole merchant.
There is no denying that Mary Frith as feme sole or, to put it in terms of Defoe's Roxana, as "a Masculine in Politick Capacity," had seized an occupation in the dynamic market of stolen goods, a market that was mainly dominated by men.