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Promises I Can Keep by Kathryn Edin
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Mar 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fic-chapter, social-reform
Read in January, 2007

This sociological study of single poor women in Philadelphia and Camden challenges many of our understandings of why women choose to become parents at a very young age and with poor economic prospects. What stood out to me was that birth control availability was irrelevant. Women chose the have children because of the personal rewards of having children, independent of the economic and social costs to the or their children.

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