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    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

    Family Fact of the Week: The Feminine Mystique and Feminists’ Mistake

    Among the landmarks in the 2013 Women’s History Month is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique—a work that was once hailed as the “the spark that ignited second-wave feminism.” Yet Friedan’s dictum that women be “liberated” actually had limiting consequences. A perspective with 50-year … More

    Teen Births - Not the Real Issue in Unwed Childbearing

    U.S. teen births are at historic lows. Following what has been a generally steady trend over the last two decades, the teen birthrate once again saw declines in 2010, according to a new report from the U.S. Center for Health Statistics (CHS). The data show that 16 states saw notable … More

    FamilyFacts.org: Over 60 Percent of Unwed Births Occur to 20-Somethings

    The scandal and heartache of teen pregnancy has been exploited by producers of popular prime-time TV, who have made stories of 16-year-olds stumbling through accelerated adolescence into marketable drama. Likewise, news media have scrutinized the teen birth phenomenon for some time. The truly shocking and underreported story, however, is that … 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

    Civil Rights in the 21st Century

    In the midst of election primaries, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a day-long conference yesterday in Washington at the National Press Club titled “A New Era – Defining Civil Rights in the 21st Century.” There was a remarkably wide breadth of speakers, including columnist William Raspberry, Clarence B. … More

    Teen Talk: "Defining Up" Expectations of Teens

    A recent comment by actress Jennifer Aniston that “women are more and more realizing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child” might seem to indicate that deviancy has irrevocably been “defined down” and that a culture of permissiveness has been permanently entrenched in … More

    Morning Bell: Fathers Who Are Husbands Spare Children from Poverty

    A wedding ring on Dad’s finger is more than a symbol of his commitment to Mom. It also proves to be the ultimate anti-poverty weapon for their children. Now that’s something to celebrate and encourage this Father’s Day. It’s fitting on Sunday to honor all the fathers who strive to … More

    A House Divided

    Speaking at Heritage, Rebecca Hagelin, author of 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, shared some startling news with us about the decline of families in America. A point that she brought up is that when people can’t depend on their family, they turn to the government for … More