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Trends in Unmarried Childbearing Point to a Coming Apart

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/trends-in-unmarried-childbearing-point-to-a-coming-apart Late last year in this space, I offered an overview of a report from Senator Mike Lee’s Social Capital Project about the rise of unwed childbearing. Today, two-fifths of children are born to unmarried mothers, a phenomenon the report traced to declining birth rates among married women, rising birth rates among unmarried women, a fall in “shotgun marriages,” and a decline in marriage itself. On Valentine’s Day, the project released some additional charts breaking the numbers out by race and educational attainment. The simple way to summarize them is this: In terms of race, old disparities have persisted as unmarried childbearing has risen…

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3 Signs You Might Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/your-health/pcos-the-3-signs-you-have-it-and-the-possibility-of-infertility-a00026-20180410?ref=home_feed_1 If you’re a Filipina, you probably know someone — or have been diagnosed yourself — with polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS.  According to Dr. Maynila Domingo, an obstetrician-gynecologist at ManilaMed in Ermita, Manila, “Overall, at least one in 15 women of reproductive age will be affected by PCOS, making it the most common endocrine (a.k.a. hormonal) disorder among this age group,”   PCOS’ exact cause is unknown, but it’s characterized by an imbalance in reproductive hormones. The imbalance has a symptom that have made many Filipinas head to their doctor: irregular menstruation.  Unfortunately, many women wait up to a year since their last…

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Trends in Unmarried Childbearing Point to a Coming Apart

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/trends-in-unmarried-childbearing-point-to-a-coming-apart Late last year in this space, I offered an overview of a report from Senator Mike Lee’s Social Capital Project about the rise of unwed childbearing. Today, two-fifths of children are born to unmarried mothers, a phenomenon the report traced to declining birth rates among married women, rising birth rates among unmarried women, a fall in “shotgun marriages,” and a decline in marriage itself. On Valentine’s Day, the project released some additional charts breaking the numbers out by race and educational attainment. The simple way to summarize them is this: In terms of race, old disparities have persisted as unmarried childbearing has risen…

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Feminism as the New Natalism: Can Progressive Policies Halt Falling Fertility?

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/feminism-as-the-new-natalism-can-progressive-policies-halt-falling-fertility “American Women Are Having Fewer Children Than They’d Like,” I recently noted in an article for The New York Times. The article generated pushback, especially from progressives who charged me with ignoring the role that public policy may be playing in keeping American women from realizing their ideal number of children. Take this tweet about my article from Jill Filipovic: Also telling to see an article hand-wringing about fertility decline, written by a man, that takes the time to blame birth control, lack of sex, and smartphones, but doesn’t mention paid parental leave, affordable childcare, or pregnancy discrimination. Filipovic raises the possibility that better public policy could…

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A Mother’s Reflection on Acceptance

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/life/love-relationships/i-may-have-been-broken-but-now-i-am-complete-a1736-20180201-lfrm I knew that I shouldn’t question God why I had to come from a broken family, but I’d be lying if I say that I never thought about it. Recently, after more than 20 years, I finally found out that everything has a greater purpose, and it comes even after a bad beginning. As far as I could recall, my family still lived together when I was 3 years old. I remembered a night where I was crying because it was the first time that I was sleeping and sharing a bed with my sisters instead of being in…

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The Economics of Family Behavior

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/the-economics-of-family-behavior When a recent Business Insider article sought to explain “Why American Men are Getting Less Marriageable,” we cheered. The article relies on a recent study by three economists, MIT’s David Autor, along with David Dorn of Zurich and Gordon Hanson of San Diego, to observe that “economic forces are making [men] less appealing partners.” That’s precisely what we claim in our book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family: we explain not just how a changing economy could produce less marriage, but also how economic changes could alter changing family norms. In writing the book, we were struck by how few…

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‘The Better Half’: How Filipino mothers fare

Filipino mothers are known for their diligence and resilience, juggling seemingly impossible tasks at home on top of pursuing their careers. Find out how Filipino moms actually fare in their role as ‘the better half.’ SOURCE: http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/multimedia/infographic/05/13/17/the-better-half-how-filipino-mothers-fare

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The Overlooked Risks of Surrogacy for Women

According to the National Institutes of Health, in the United States alone, 11% of women and 7% of men have experienced fertility problems, often causing crushing disappointment for couples hoping to grow their family. Ultimately, Kardashian-West decided to pursue her next pregnancy by hiring a surrogate. In the recent ET interview, she described the experience as not exactly what she expected: “Anyone that says or thinks [surrogacy] is just the easy way out is just completely wrong. I think it is so much harder to go through it this way.” She went on to explain that she did not feel as in control as she…

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Why Aren’t Preschool Teachers Paid Enough?

“She treats those kids like they’re her own.” In the past 10 years that I’ve spent talking to parents about dozens of teachers at three different preschools, as well as the pros and cons of different nannies and part-time babysitters, that statement has emerged as the highest compliment. But it wasn’t until I read a recent New York Timesmagazine cover story that I started to think about it more seriously. “Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?” the headline asks, before chronicling how some teachers are barely earning minimum wage, how many of them don’t have health insurance, and how half of…

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How More Women Can Get The Right People In Their Corner

It’s well established that the economic empowerment of women isn’t just good for women, it’s good for everyone. Likewise, there is a growing body of evidence (including the latest report by McKinsey & Co) showing that  when more women sit at the decision-making tables, better decisions are made. Yet despite record numbers of women graduating college and entering the workforce, data still points to a ‘leaky pipeline’ – a large chasm between the number of women starting out on the professional track and how many advancing to senior positions.  One of the many ways we can help to ‘leak-proof’ this pipeline is through mentoring. That is, getting more people already…

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Pregnant Women who Eat Food with Choline may have Lifelong Benefits for Your Baby’s Brain

When it comes to choosing healthy food for their children, moms would naturally choose those with brain-boosting properties. Food like fish, eggs, nuts, and beans all contain the nutrient choline, which, like B-vitamins, is essential for healthy brain development. Not only does it help form brain and nervous tissues, but it also helps ensure that the body’s liver, muscle movement, and metabolism, among others, are all at their optimum function. Now, a new study from Cornell University suggests that pregnant women may want to take a second look at their choline intake. Its findings show that consuming sufficient amount of choline during pregnancy…

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Loneliness in New Moms: It Is Real and Overwhelming

New moms do so much to prepare for the coming of their bundle of joy. They have multiple appointments with several doctors, read books and take classes on parenting, buy new furniture and clothes for the baby, financially prepare for all the expenses, and so much more.  What few women are prepared for, however, is the loneliness that comes with motherhood, said licensed psychologist Guy Winch, Ph.D., in an article for Psychology Today. “While new mothers might feel extremely connected to their newborn, they often feel extremely disconnected from everyone else — including their spouse.” Loneliness, which can already be so overwhelming, can be further…

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Marriage Isn’t About Submission. It’s About Sharing a Life Together

On my wedding day, my sister teased my husband: “Good luck with her cooking…and making her obey.” I learned how to cook, but obey? Never.  To be fair, my husband knew what he was getting into when we got married. We were friends and officemates long before we started dating. We entered our marriage with equal ground – not husband leading the wife, or wife submitting to the husband, but just two equally strong (but clueless) newlyweds trying to make a life together.  We both had to work to pay the bills. We couldn’t afford a maid, so we split…

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#MeToo: Real Moms Share Their Stories of Sexual Harassment

IMAGE @hilarieburton/Instagram It may be happening thousands of miles away, but a campaign against sexual assault and harassment is making itself felt all over the world with the help of social media. It is part of the ripple effect of a scandal that has gripped Hollywood in the last two weeks.  Since the New York Times broke the story how Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly preyed on women, at least 25 more victims, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, among others, have made their stories about Weinstein public, from unwanted advances to rape, and some go back decades.  It was former Charmed Actress and…

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Four Factors That Help Women Leave Abusive Relationships

by Jason Whiting, @JASON_WHITING Being mistreated by the person you love—especially when physical abuse is involved—is one of the most frightening and traumatic experiences a woman can face, and it is hard to know what to do when it happens. A woman who is a victim of violence faces a particularly complicated dilemma. Should she stay or go? Although this may seem to be an easy choice, as I discussed in my last post, there are many issues that can make it difficult for a victim of domestic violence to leave. For instance, victimized women often love and feel committed to…

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Married Parents: One Way to Reduce Child Poverty

by W. Bradford Wilcox, @WILCOXNMP On June 20, IFS senior fellow W. Bradford Wilcox testified before the “Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years,” an ad-hoc committee of experts convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to study child poverty in the United States. Below is an edited version of his testimony. Many factors influence the persistence of comparatively high levels of child poverty in the United States—from relatively low spending on government transfers1 to declines in real wages for men without college degrees.2 But we…

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Does Motherhood Squash Career Ambition? A New Survey Says No

Madeline Farber May 12, 2017 http://fortune.com About half of women say it’s harder to advance their career after becoming a mother. But that’s not stopping the women surveyed by the professional services firm Accenture from pursuing their career goals. According to Accenture, mothers who return to work after having a child are just as likely to aspire to a senior leadership position as their female colleagues without children (70% and 67%). In addition, working moms are 2.5 times more likely to change jobs for a promotion or for higher pay than those without children. The findings comes from the firm’s…

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Young Women Who Prioritize Family Over Career Deserve Respect

by Nora Sullivan In a recent study, economists Leonardo Bursztyn, Thomas Fujiwara, and Amanda Pallais posed an interesting question: “Do single women avoid career-enhancing actions because the actions signal undesirable traits, like ambition, to the marriage market?” The researchers were interested in examining how ambitious young women deal with the “trade-off” of career and marriage: the trade-off being that certain actions and traits could be an asset to a woman’s career and help her towards professional success, while at the same time could potentially hurt her chances in the marriage market. There is some evidence to support this position. A…

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