I'm working on a translation. Something along the lines of:
"One difficulty the young generation of society faces is high dowry costs. This has led a sizable portion of the female population to *singleness*"
"*singleness* is one of many adverse effects of high dowry costs."
I mean, I do realize that I could easily word the translation differently in a way that replaces the noun with the adjective, but I was just wondering if the noun existed in English unbeknownst to me. Hence, my question.
For men, the state of never having been married is bachelorhood. I've heard the word bachelor used for women in recent years as well (there's a TV show called "The Bachelorette" in which a woman decides which of several men she will marry) but I wouldn't go so far as to recommend it.