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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Issues of marriage, motherhood, and childbirth illuminate situations in which widowed free women realized limited degrees of autonomy as femme soles, inheriting property from husbands and managing estates in trust for young sons.