Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness

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Penguin Group (Canada), Mar 4, 2014 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Melanie Notkin wants to change our perceptions about childless women. The rise of childless women is one of the most overlooked and under-appreciated social issues of our time. Never previously have more women lived longer before having their first child or remained childless toward the end of their fertility. In the U.S., the level of childlessness of women age forty to forty-four has doubled, from 10 percent in 1976 to 20 percent in 2006. Society assumes that women either are mothers or choose not to be mothers, but waiting for love and marriage—or at least a committed union—before embarking on motherhood seems to be the least acceptable life choice for the modern woman. Nearly half of North American women of childbearing age are childless,a steep rise from 35 percent in 1976. Nevertheless, childless women are perceived as the exception, not the norm.

In Otherhood, Melanie Notkin explores this modern phenomenon to understand the reasons for this shift, the social and emotional impact of childlessness, and how this “new normal” will impact social structures in the decades to come. Part anecdotal storytelling, part inspirational, part reportage, and part manifesto, Otherhood sets out to get to the heart of the issues, enliven the societal consciousness, and trigger conversation. Notkin offers a very personal take on a trend that affects so many modern women.

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Review: Otherhood: Modern Women Finding A New Kind of Happiness

User Review  - Deni Loubert - Goodreads

So disappointed in this book. She takes a great topic, one that I think is a ground-breaking game changer. Namely, after having the pill around long enough to make an impact we have a whole generation ... Read full review

Review: Otherhood: Modern Women Finding A New Kind of Happiness

User Review  - Carrie Shaurette - Goodreads

Wow, this book really misrepresented itself. This hook definitely drew me in: "the rising percentange of childless women is one of the most overlooked and under-appreciated social issues of our time ... Read full review

About the author (2014)

Melanie Notkin is a Canadian-born entrepreneur, author, speaker, marketer, and the leading voice of the nearly 50 percent of American women who are childless. Notkin is the founder of SavvyAuntie.com and creator of the popular Savvy Auntie lifestyle brand—a celebration of modern, cosmopolitan aunthood. Notkin’s book on the subject, Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Spokesperson, author, and influencer, Melanie is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and a sought-after lifestyle expert.

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