Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie Coontz, the director of research at the Council on Contemporary Families, teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She is the author of Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage and The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap.


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Money, Politics and Power

America still hasn’t adjusted to family realities in the 21st century. Here’s what needs to be done and why we need to do it.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Two new books explain how rising inequality shattered the working-class family of the mid-20th century. Read more