A talk with Kathryn Edin.
The stereotypes and statistics of single motherhood in low-income urban neighborhoods are familiar enough. But what is the reality of these young women's lives, and why do so many postpone marriage – or avoid it altogether – but not childbearing? Kathryn Edin, co-author of Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage, joins us to discuss her book, which is based on a five-year study of single mothers in eight of the Philadelphia area’s poorest neighborhoods.
Featuring a presentation by: Kathryn Edin, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Sharon Lerner, Senior Fellow, Center for New York City Affairs
Respondent: Mark Levitan, Senior Policy Analyst, Community Service Society