New Book: Pride & Joy

Published in 1998, a new book called "Pride and Joy: The Lives and Passions of Women Without Children" challenges the still-pervasive social myth that a woman must have a child to be fulfilled. Today in the U.S. one in five women in their early 40’s has not had a child either by choice or by chance.

In this book, a diverse group of 25 voluntarily childless women talk in vivid voices about the contributions they make through their careers and to their communities, causes, and families. They tell of the joy they derive from intimate relationships, friendships, travels, volunteer activities, work, solitude, spirituality, and connections with children.

The women in "Pride and Joy" are outstanding role models for living happy, productive lives apart from motherhood. Their stories illuminate one of the aspects of choice that is still taboo in our society.

About half of the women interviewed for this book, choose abortion to end a pregnancy so they could remain childless. Written by Terri Casey of Seattle. Beyond Words Publishing for $15. See also

"What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? ...for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken."
- Audre Lorde

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