The changing of American families has left many families broken and struggling. Pauline Irit Erera, an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, wrote the article “What is a Family?”. Erera has written extensively about family diversity, focusing on step-families, foster families, lesbian families, and noncustodial fathers. Rebecca M. Blank, a professor of economics at Northwestern University, where she has directed the Joint Center for Poverty Research, wrote the article “Absent Fathers: Why Don't We Ever Talk About the Unmarried Men?”. She served on the Council of Economic Advisors during the Clinton administration. Andrew J. Cherlin, a professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University wrote the article “The Origins of the Ambivalent Acceptance of Divorce”. She is also the author of several other books on the changing profiles of American family life. These three texts each talk about the relationship between the parent and the child of a single-parent household. They each discuss divorce, money/income they receive, and the worries that come with raising a child in a single-parent household.
One of the biggest changes in American families has been divorce and the single-parent families. In the article “What is a Family?”, Pauline Irit Erera argues that after World War 11, is when the major changes in families begun. Women were already accustomed to having jobs and working while their men were away during the war, and when the men all came back is when things started to change. Erera says, “The movement for gender equality led to increased employment opportunities for women, while at the same time declining wage rates for unskilled male workers made them less desirable marriage partners.” (Erera 419). Even though the women were paid far less then men for doing the same jobs, they were now employed, independent, and making their own money. There for women who were already unhappy in their marriages were now able to get a divorce.
Erera explains now that divorce was becoming more available and popular, more people that came from a different style of family were accepting divorce, single-parenthood, and womens right to life independently (Erera 420). Because divorce was now being widely accepted, this opened the door for a different style of family. Erera describes this family as women deciding that they'd rather have a child and raise them in a single-parent household rather then getting married.
In the article “The Origin of the Ambivalent Acceptance of Divorce” by Andrew J. Cherlin, Cherlin explains that the single-parent families resulting from divorce became less critical during the 20th century. She also says that from the colonial era to the mid-20th century, Americans have shown a moral and legal ambivalence toward divorce. She also tells us that back in the day the Catholic Church didn't allow anyone to get divorced, unless the marriage had been formed in a way that violated the church rules,...