Stephanie Coontz ImageStephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She also serves as Co-Chair and Director of Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families, a non-profit, nonpartisan association of family researchers and practitioners based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has been featured in many newspapers such as The New York Times, as well as scholarly journals such as Journal of Marriage and Family, and she is frequently interviewed on national television and radio.


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Newly revised edition! The Way We Never Were

Article Published in the Washington Post
Over the ages, some societies have accorded far less value and respect to singles than to married individuals. In Colonial America, unmarried men and women were never considered full adults, no matter how old they were.

Stephanie Coontz - Seattle Times Article Seattle Times article by Danny Westneat
When Reagan-appointed Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote his gay- marriage opinion, it turns out he was channeling an Evergreen State College professor.

Stephanie Coontz - PopTech PopCast Stephanie Coontz - PopTech Talk
What makes an ideal marriage? Stephanie Coontz, a professor of history and family studies and author of "Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage," says that marrying for love is a radical idea.

Stephanie Coontz appears on Colber Report Stephanie Coontz - Colbert Report Appearance
Stephanie Coontz discusses her 2012 book, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s

Misconceptions About Sexual Assault MSNBC video image Common Misconceptions on Sexual Assault
Sexual assaults on and off-campus are technically on the decline nationwide, but a new report shows that's not the complete story.

Secret History of Marriage video image Think "traditional marriage" means a male breadwinner and one wife? Think again.
Scholar and author Stephanie Coontz takes us on a whirlwind historical tour that will change everything you thought you knew about the institution of marriage.

King 5 New Day video image New twist on divorce rates; the couples most at risk of splitting up
Stephanie Coontz, marriage expert, author and professor at Evergreen State College, shared new twists in divorce rates, including the couples most at risk for splitting, even after decades of marriage.

Irish Times Podcast image How marriage came to be about love rather than strategy
It was simpler once, according to US author and academic Stephanie Coontz. Men and women married for strategic reasons; to consolidate and enhance their lot...

When child costs more than college video image When child care costs more than college
Last year child care cost more than the average in-state college tuition in 31 states, according to a report by Stephanie Coontz from the Council on Contemporary Families discusses.

How to lift women from poverty How to lift women from poverty
An estimated 42M women in the country are living in poverty, and the average woman is paid 77 cents for every dollar the average man earns. Stephanie Coontz of Evergreen State College discusses a new Shriver Report looking at women and poverty.

How Poverty affects us equally How poverty affects us equally
In the fight against poverty, supporting women in need can, in fact, help men as well. Stephanie Coontz joins to discuss how we must embrace this idea.

The role women play in the war on poverty The role women play in the war on poverty
2014 marks 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty in his State of the Union address. This week, a groundbreaking investigation takes a look at poverty from a number of fronts, including economic inequality and how it correlates to the wage difference between men and women.

50 years after equal pay act stephanie coontz 50 years after Equal Pay Act, why are women still making less?
The Cycle hosts talks to Stephanie Coontz about how far women have come in terms of equal pay in the work place and why the income gap still exists in such a large capacity.

The Masculine Mystique The masculine mystique
Author Stephanie Coontz joins The Cycle to talk about the male mystique and what it means to be a man in today's world. March 6, 2013

mad Men DaysHow far have we really come since the Mad Men days? The Cycle | Aired on February 19, 2013

Stephanie CoontzCoontz discusses The Feminine Mystique with Gail Collins and other panelists on NYT Room for Debate, Feb 14, 2013

50 years of the Feminine Mystique: Stephanie CoontzHow did The Feminine Influence You Personally and Professionally, published on Jan 22, 2013

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Recently Released: A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s

Based on extensive research on postwar gender roles and nearly 200 interviews with women and men who read Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique in 1963 and 1964, A Strange Stirring introduces us to the dilemmas and discontents of the wives and daughters of "The Greatest Generation" – the real life counterparts of the characters on tv's hit show, "Mad Men." Please visit the Strange Stirring page to see the latest reviews and articles about this new book. Learn More about "A Strange Stirring"

Other Books by Stephanie Coontz!

Marriage, A History, selected as one of the best books of 2005 by The Washington Post . Please visit the Marriage, A History page on this website for more information about this title, including availability.

The Way We Never Were
The Way We Really Are

The Social Origins of Private Life

Coontz recently published an expanded version of American Families: A Multicultural Reader, edited with two of her former students .

For a list of recent speaking engagements, refer to Coontz's Curriculum Vita (pdf) .

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