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Single by Chance, Mothers by ChoiceHow Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family$
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Rosanna Hertz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179903.001.0001

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“Why Can’T I Have What I Want?”

“Why Can’T I Have What I Want?”

(p.3) 1 “Why Can’T I Have What I Want?”
Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice

Rosanna Hertz

Oxford University Press

The women interviewed in this book, particularly the middle-class women, often state that they looked toward marriage and found themselves depressed by the dwindling odds of finding love that would lead to children. They were hardened through horrible dates, failed relationships, and bad timing, and marriage took on an elusive quality that had been previously reserved for motherhood. As they believed marriage to be slipping further and further out of their reach, motherhood, on the other hand, moved closer, drawn in by their desire for children. Faced with the decision to choose one or the other in order to win, women found themselves making a difficult life decision. Single motherhood can be the solution to the dilemma for these women.

Keywords:   marriage, feeling stuck, middle-class women, motherhood, single mother

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