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BLI Releases Research on Unmarried Motherhood

Contact: Lindsay Randall, Concerned Women for America, 202-488-7000 ext. 105


WASHINGTON, July 25 /Christian Newswire/ -- Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) think tank, the Beverly LaHaye Institute, released research today showing that unmarried motherhood among women over age 20 continues to rise.  Further, BLI’s research shows that, among mothers of children under age 6, unemployment rates have taken a sharp upward turn.


Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow, said, “The realities for the average unmarried mom are hard ––even for the older, non-teen moms, and even if she is energetic and heroic. The upshot is that the average low-income unmarried mother is highly vulnerable; she is a long way from the invincible woman portrayed in the feminist myths.”


Crouse added, “With more single women over 20 having children and the increase in the number of children living in single-parent households, the well-being of women and children is a definite concern. The unemployment rate for never-married mothers of children under 6 is four times higher than that of married mothers.  Despite the Hollywood myths and the feminist rhetoric, being a mother of small children is a vulnerable time for women and the presence and support of a husband is vital to the welfare of her children.”


Crouse concluded, “The best thing parents can do for their children is to marry each other before having those children and within that marriage to provide a stable, nurturing environment where their children can thrive.  Otherwise, those children will be at risk for many undesirable outcomes.”


Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.