• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • National Marriage Project

    What Women Want in Work-Life Balance

    More mothers are staying home with their kids, says a new Pew report. The number of stay-at-home mothers reached an all-time low of 23 percent in 1999 and then began to rise until about 2004. By 2012, the percentage of stay-at-home mothers had jumped to 29 percent, up from 26 … More

    National Proposal Day: Making That Promise and Making It Last

    The vernal equinox may have inspired Shakespeare to declare “the spring time, the only pretty ring time.” Fittingly, it was chosen as the date for National Proposal Day—a holiday initiated to nudge young men to pop the question to their special someones. And that’s a noble intention given the emergence … More

    Income Mobility Tied to Marriage

    Recent research from the Equality of Opportunity Project found that “the strongest predictors of upward mobility are measures of family structure such as the fraction of single parents in the area.” These findings add to the growing body of data on the link between marriage and success in life. Growing … More

    Upward Mobility, Equality of Opportunity, and the Family

    Discussions about poverty and upward mobility tend to overlook a growing amount of research arguing that socioeconomic differences in America are often rooted in family structure. They note that, as the stability of the family has steadily deteriorated, parents’ financial situation and their children’s future prospects have eroded. Sadly, as … More

    A Double Decline of Marriage and Religiosity: Why Does It Matter?

    Analysts at a recent forum on the downward trends in marriage and religion in the United States agree that the two are not isolated phenomena but, in fact, influence and exacerbate one another. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, has shown that family dissolution is linked to a … More

    Obamacare’s Threat to Marriage and America’s Civil Society

    In addition to a tsunami of glitches in online enrollment, Obamacare is designed with a payment structure that undercuts marriage and the family—two institutions that have historically provided the foundation for a sustainable and thriving civil society. The law is structured to provide less support to a husband and wife … More

    Family Fact of the Week: The Transforming Power of Fatherhood

    In their new book Gender and Parenthood, Brad Wilcox and Kathleen Kovner Kline squarely face a current cultural trend that portrays the father as an optional family figure and heralds the concept of gender-neutral parenting. Gleaning the results from the latest research, the authors document the unique role that fathers … More

    Restoring Marriage Requires Knowing What It Is

    “The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent,” despite the impression its title might give, was released earlier this week not by the Obama Administration but by the Institute for American Values and the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. It is a timely, compelling, and important … More

    Marriage, Happiness, and a Prayer of a Chance at Escaping Poverty

    With the recently released numbers regarding poverty levels in America, public concern is heightened, in particular, regarding the plight of America’s impoverished children. This concern should generate a focus on what might empower them to rise up from poverty—and, in turn, what factors promote stable marriages. Research clearly indicates that … More

    Money and Marriage - Divorce Declines in Great Recession

    A new report -The 2009 “State of our Unions”- out of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Institute for American Values, reports that divorce fell during the first full year of the Great Recession, the first annual dip since 2005. “Tough times foster real family … More