Book: Pride and Joy: The Lives and Passions of Women Without Children (1998)

Pride and Joy coverby Terri Casey

This is a collection of interviews with 25 women who have chosen not to have children. In lively stories and vivid voices, these diverse narrators talk proudly of their contributions to their communities, causes, and families, and they speak joyfully of intimate relationships with husbands and partners, of family and friends, work, volunteer and leisure activities, solitude, and connections with children. Their stories dispel the social myth that women must have a child to be happy, and they debunk the stereotypes of childless women.

For the 20 percent of U.S. women who are currently childless by choice or by chance, Pride and Joy offers validation and community. For the millions of women deciding whether to have children, it provides inspiration. For parents, siblings, and friends of women who have chosen or may choose not to have children, it offers insight.

“The diverse, real-life stories in Pride and Joy offer a valuable sense of community for women who feel they stand alone in their families and in society because they have made the choice to remain childless.”
–Gloria Feldt, President of Planned Parenthood® Federation of America

“This is an important, fascinating and brave book. Women have been told how they must have children to be happy. Now here comes a book that shows how happy women can be without children. All of the women profiled are innovators, thinkers, risk takers who have listened hard to hear their own voice through the cultural din and not followed convention for convention’s sake. Each tells us that there are many ways to make the journey of life worthwhile.”
–Pepper Schwartz, author of Love Between Equals: How Peer Marriage Really Works

From Amazon: This is an enlightening collection of first-person interviews with twenty-five women who have decided not to have children. This book shatters the stereotypes that surround voluntarily childless women–that they are self-centered, immature, workaholic, unfeminine, materialistic, child-hating, cold, or neurotic.

From “They’re my pride and joy” is a decades-old expression used by mothers to describe their children. Shattering the stereotype of the childless woman, here are 25 stories from a diverse group of women who choose not to bear children, and whose “pride and joy” comes from their own contributions and accomplishments.

Terri Casey is an award-winning writer and editor with fifteen years of experience in newspaper journalism and corporate publications. She worked as a marketing writer for Microsoft Corporation for seven years and won awards for her articles on how people in business, education, and government use technology in new and interesting ways.
As a free-lance journalist, Casey has written travel articles that have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, and the Seattle Times, and she writes for Microsoft’s Internet web site. Casey has served as president of the board of directors of the Women’s Funding Alliance, a nonprofit that raises money for organizations that serve women and girls. She has also been involved with the Big Sister program. Casey is married and lives in Seattle.

ISBN: 9781885223821




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