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.

"Births to Unmarried Women." 2013. Forum on Child and Family Statistics.

"Breadwinner Moms" by Wendy Wang, Kim Parker and Paul Taylor. May 29, 2013. Pew Research Center.

"Changing Patterns of Non-marital Childbearing in the United States" by Stephanie J. Ventura. May 2009. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007." U.S. Census Bureau.

"Disapprove of Single Mothers." Jan. 06, 2011. Pew Research Center.

"In Defense of Single Motherhood" by Katie Roiphe. Aug. 12, 2012. The New York Times.

"Just Say No" by Naomi Cahn and June Carbone. April 22, 2014. Slate.

"Mother's Day: May 12, 2013." April 03, 2013. U.S. Census Bureau.

"Pitied by not entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare, 1890 - 1923" reviewed by Ruth Crocker. June 1995. Humanities and Social Sciences.

"Sin and the single mother: The history of lone parenthood" by Maureen Paton. May 26, 2012. The Independent.

"Single Mothers and Their Children" reviewed by The Journal of San Diego History.

"Sinners? Scrougers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England." November 2012. Reviews in History. ttp://

"Surge in unwed motherhood: Deep in the stats, it's not what you think" by Stephanie Hanes. May 03, 2013. Christian Science Monitor.

"Surviving (and Thriving) as a Single Mom" by Rachel Sarah. Parents.

"The Mysterious and Alarming Rise of Single Parenthood in America" by Aparna Mathur, Hao Fu and Peter Hansen. Sept. 03, 2013. The Atlantic.

"This Week in Poverty: U.S. Single Mothers - 'The Worst Off'" by Greg Kaufmann. Dec. 21, 2012. The Nation.

"Three millennia of motherhood" by Emily Wilson. The Times Literary Supplement.

"Were single mothers better off in the 19th century?" by Melissa Hogenboom. March 05, 2012. BBC News.

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