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Why We Need To Better Understand Women Who Choose Not To Have Kids

SheSez with Linda Grasso

Release Date: 10/19/2021

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An enlightening conversation with two women who have made it part of their life's mission to give people a better understanding of women who choose not to have children—and to dispel some of the myths that surround those decisions (Gosh, she must have had a terrible childhood...)

Dr. Amy Blackstone is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine. Her book Childfree by Choice (Dutton, 2019) offers a definitive investigation into the history and growing movement of adults choosing to forgo parenthood. 

Meghan Daum is the author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller, Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers On The Decision Not To Have Kids. She has written for  magazines including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic.  Meghan also hosts The Unspeakable Podcast.