Single and independent were not characteristics of women in the 20s. However, there were some, as in all periods, that broke with conventions; one of them was Mary Landon Baker, who rejected 65 marriage proposals throughout her life.
What is the reason why he never married? She herself said it, as documented by The New York Times:
I did not get married because I did not find the right man, in the right place, at the right time. I have never been in love.
There are women who allow themselves to be led by the conventionalism that marriage is the end of their life and they end up married for fulfilling or for fear of loneliness; or, they idealize and join perfect louts that are not the man of their dreams.
Mary was a rich heiress of the high society originally from the United States, and there were many men to whom she gave a no response to her marriage proposals, because she considered that none of them was up to her standards.
Different newspapers in the world followed his romantic life with the millionaire Allister McCormick, son of one of the richest families in the United States, and, incredible as it may seem, he left it planted at the altar just in the early 1920s. And although he offered countless luxuries, she never agreed to return with him because it made her happy.
Although many label her as an undecided woman, Mary made several attempts to find true love, because some years later she became engaged to Bojidar Pouritch, a Yugoslavian diplomat, who ended up on the rejected list as well as a wealthy Spaniard, the actor Barry Baxter, and even an Irish prince.
Because of her decisions, Mary was criticized in her time, but she decided to live life in her own way: traveling, she loved meeting other cultures, dancing, laughing, having fun, she was not afraid to meet people and go out with anyone she wanted, but always having in mind your goal: to be free and happy.