New York Times
January 29, 2009
2 Kids + 0 Husbands = Family
By EMILY BAZELON
At 5:45 a.m. on a recent weekday morning, Fran McElhill padded into her kitchen, in square-framed glasses and a knee-length cotton nightgown, and put on the day’s first pot of coffee. While it brewed, she sorted laundry — pencil jeans for her slight 7-year-old daughter, Lili, Nike T-shirts for 10-year-old MeiLin. When the girls woke up, their long hair matted from sleep, Fran gave them each a mug of Campbell’s vegetable soup and parked them in front of Nickelodeon so she could get dressed for her job as a lawyer at a regional New Jersey firm….
In 1960, unmarried mothers accounted for about 5 percent of births in the United States. Now they are having almost 40 percent of the country’s babies….(Full Story)