MARRIAGE SERIES, PART 3: Children Without Marriage

GUESTS: SUSAN BEAVERS *Creator/Executive Producer of Lifetime Television's sit-com "Oh Baby" STEPHANIE COONTZ *Author, The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families *Professor of Family Studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington JANE MATTES *Founder and Director of Single Mothers by Choice *Author, Single Mothers by Choice : A Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood Murphy Brown did it on television... Madonna and Jodie Foster did it in real life. But the decision to have a child without getting married is not limited to fictional characters or celebrities. An increasing number of single women concerned about their biological clocks winding down are deciding not to wait for Mr. Right. According to the Census Bureau, 40 percent of never-married women in their 30's have a child. And for the first time in the sixty years the Bureau has been tracking family data, the majority of first children were born to or conceived by an unmarried woman. Join Ray Suarez and guests as they take a look at the growth in the number of women choosing to go it alone when it comes to having kids, in the third segment of Talk of the Nation's four part series on marriage.



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