Jessica Valenti is the author of the new book, Why Have Kids? A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness. Valenti will be the keynote speaker for Women’s History Month, and her book is serving as the inspiration for this year’s theme: Feminism and the Modern Family. In Why Have Kids? Valenti explores the disconnect between the dream and reality of American parenthood. She examines social and cultural expectations about parenthood; work-family life balance issues; the economic costs of parenthood and who bears these costs; how gender, sexuality, race and class shape the experience of parenthood; and, as the title suggests, she illuminates some of the reasons that a growing number of Americans choose not to have children.
Valenti is a well-respected figure in Women’s and Gender Studies with a national reputation. She holds a Master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University; she has written four popular books on women’s and gender issues; and she is the founder and managing editor of the Blog Feministing, a popular online community for feminists and their allies, which the Columbia Journalism Review calls “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.”
The rescheduled keynote address will take place on Wednesday, April 17th at 6:00 pm in Sabin 2.