It’s hard to know just how many stepmothers there are, because census figures don’t count stepmothers who don’t live in the same house with their children. In addition, stepmothers are not always made by an official marriage. Today many divorced parents live together without getting re-married. And of course, many lesbian couples include a stepchild and stepmother: When women make commitments to other women they become stepmothers to other women’s children too.Topics of Expertise: Child Welfare
What do you plan to give your valentine this February 14 – a bouquet of flowers, a heart-shaped box of chocolates, a candlelit dinner? Have you considered the gift that keeps on giving — a sexually transmitted infection? STD’s have reached an all time high, mostly because they are being talked about much less. Sexually […]Topics of Expertise: Fertility,Reproduction & Sexual Health / Health & Illness / Reproductive Health
Valerie Adrian Research Intern Council on Contemporary Families Stephanie Coontz Professor of History and Family Studies The Evergreen State College Here’s a thought for a Mother’s Day gift that would go beyond the complimentary flowers passed out by restaurants and the complementary speeches churned out by politicians every May: Affordable child care that is […]Topics of Expertise: Child Welfare / Childcare (Providers & Systems)
By Gary Gates Senior Research Fellow The Williams Institute UCLA School of Law firstname.lastname@example.org; 310.825.1868 The New York Court of Appeals ruled this morning that the state Constitution does not guarantee a right to marriage for same-sex couples, and that state lawmakers, not the courts, are better suited to consider the issue,” reports The New […]Topics of Expertise: Gender & Sexuality / LGBTQ Partnering & Families
The new HBO television show, “Big Love,” has led many people to contact the Council on Contemporary Families for background on polygamy. Historian Stephanie Coontz, Director of Research and Public Education at the Council, has put together background information on polygamy through this fact sheet.