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Single Mothers and the Covid 19 Pandemic on Tuesday at 7:30

Single mothers and the Covid19 pandemic: What has the pandemic exposed?

Professor Rosanna Hertz

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

7:30pm Zoom Talk 

Professor Hertz will review the results from her survey of single mothers who live alone

with their children and those who live in multi-adult households. She will discuss the importance of grandparents and what social policies are needed going forward.


Rosanna Hertz has taught at Wellesley College for 35 years in both the sociology and women’s and gender studies departments. She is known for her research on the intersection of families, work and gender. For the past 25 years, she has focused on the emergence of new family forms and how they expand our understanding of kinship. Her 2006 book, Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice captured popular attention with its finding that the age-old desire for motherhood was in fact reinforced by new scientific advances in reproduction. Her new book, Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings and the Creation of New Kin, with her coauthor Margaret K. Nelson, examines the contemporary interplay of genetics, social interaction, and culture expectations in the formation of web-based donor sibling kin groups. 

She received her PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University and completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Most recently she has held appointments at Harvard’s Law School in the Petrie-Flem Center and at the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland. She is frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Boston Globe. 

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 7:30 PM

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Wellesley Neighbors, 888 Worcester Street, Suite 260 Wellesley, MA 02482   (781) 283-0417