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Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice
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Rosanna Hertz is Luella LaMer Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and Chair of the Women's Studies Department at Wellesley College. The author of the widely acclaimed More Equal Than Others, she is frequently interviewed by national print media on issues related to women, work, and the family.

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...this book provides more evidence for the liberal argument that poverty and weak family ties, not single motherhood per e, are the enemies of good outcomes for children. Michele Pridmore-Brown " A bit of Darcy " TLS no 5418 In this page-turner of a book Rosanna Hertz follows the lives of middle-class single women who choose to become mothers without husbands or partners. Through vivid portraits and interviews, the romantic ideals and day-to-day complexities of single parenting come alive--all carefully portrayed within an historical and sociological context. This is a notable contribution to our understanding of how changing norms, changing technology, and changing laws are creating new family dynamics in modern America. Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, President, american Sociological Association Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice takes us on a thought-provoking journey with several single women facing the challenge of how to become a mother without a spouse. This is required reading for any single woman in her thirties who is concerned about the ticking of her biological clock. Jane Mattes, C.S.W., Founder and Director, Single Mothers by Choice In this grounded, accessible study, Hertz also poses some challenging questions about the future role of fathers. Publishers Weekly

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