Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage

Over half of all births to young adults in the United States now occur outside marriage, and many are unplanned. With children in these families more likely to be poor, this reduces social mobility and contributes to an emerging class divide. The left argues for more social support for unmarried parents; the right argues for a return to traditional marriage. Isabel V. Sawhill offers a third approach: change “drifters,” who have unplanned children early and outside marriage, into “planners,” who delay parenthood until after marriage. By changing the default, is it possible to move from a culture that accepts unplanned pregnancies to a culture in which adults only have children when they are ready? Book signing immediately following.

Speakers: Isabel Sawhill
Festival: 2015

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