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Classic Episode: Single Moms, Then and Now


Raising a family can be challenging, especially as a single parent. In time for Mother's Day, Cristen and Caroline highlight the history of single moms and debunk the longstanding social stigma against them.

Episode sources:

"4.1 Million Single-Mother Families Are Living in Poverty: Census" by Hope Yen. Dept. 19, 2013. The Associated Press. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/single-mother-poverty_n_3953047.html

"Births to Unmarried Women." 2013. Forum on Child and Family Statistics. http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/famsoc2.asp

"Breadwinner Moms" by Wendy Wang, Kim Parker and Paul Taylor. May 29, 2013. Pew Research Center. http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/05/29/breadwinner-moms/

"Changing Patterns of Non-marital Childbearing in the United States" by Stephanie J. Ventura. May 2009. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db18.pdf

"Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007." U.S. Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/2009pubs/p60-237.pdf

"Disapprove of Single Mothers." Jan. 06, 2011. Pew Research Center. http://www.pewresearch.org/daily-number/disapprove-of-single-mothers/

"In Defense of Single Motherhood" by Katie Roiphe. Aug. 12, 2012. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/opinion/sunday/in-defense-of-single-motherhood.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

"Just Say No" by Naomi Cahn and June Carbone. April 22, 2014. Slate. http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2014/04/white_working_class_women_should_stay_single_mothers_argue_the_authors_of.html

"Mother's Day: May 12, 2013." April 03, 2013. U.S. Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff11.html

"Pitied by not entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare, 1890 - 1923" reviewed by Ruth Crocker. June 1995. Humanities and Social Sciences. https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=61

"Sin and the single mother: The history of lone parenthood" by Maureen Paton. May 26, 2012. The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/sin-and-the-single-mother-the-history-of-lone-parenthood-7782370.html

"Single Mothers and Their Children" reviewed by The Journal of San Diego History. http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/97summer/single.htm

"Sinners? Scrougers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England." November 2012. Reviews in History. ttp://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1349

"Surge in unwed motherhood: Deep in the stats, it's not what you think" by Stephanie Hanes. May 03, 2013. Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/Modern-Parenthood/2013/0503/Surge-in-unwed-mothers-Deep-in-the-stats-it-s-not-what-you-think

"Surviving (and Thriving) as a Single Mom" by Rachel Sarah. Parents. http://www.parents.com/parenting/dynamics/single-parenting/surviving-and-thriving-as-a-single-mom/

"The Mysterious and Alarming Rise of Single Parenthood in America" by Aparna Mathur, Hao Fu and Peter Hansen. Sept. 03, 2013. The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/09/the-mysterious-and-alarming-rise-of-single-parenthood-in-america/279203/

"This Week in Poverty: U.S. Single Mothers - 'The Worst Off'" by Greg Kaufmann. Dec. 21, 2012. The Nation. http://www.thenation.com/blog/171886/week-poverty-us-single-mothers-worst

"Three millennia of motherhood" by Emily Wilson. The Times Literary Supplement. http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1163510.ece

"Were single mothers better off in the 19th century?" by Melissa Hogenboom. March 05, 2012. BBC News. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17159966

Topics in this Podcast: parenting, Mother's Day, motherhood, mothers, parenthood, moms, single moms, single parents