We were curious about this tweet making the rounds on IG that reads, "Just learnt that "spinster" was originally the word for a woman so good at weaving that she was financially independent. HOW INTERESTING."
We took a deep dive into the word and it's history. Currently the word generally has a negative connotation and refers to a woman who is unmarried late in life.
Before the 1900s the word referred to single women who worked as wool spinners prepping the fiber for use in fabric. They were independent and had their own source of income, therefore not reliant on marriage for a livelihood.
Greater society obviously could not stand for this and vilified these women and the word spinster gained its negative connotation.