September 19, 2002

Stephanie Coontz

Family historian and author Stephanie Coontz exploded liberal and conservative myths about family life in her book "The Way We Never Were". She argued that family diversity is here to stay in her next book "The Way We Really Are."

Joan Cartan-Hansen talks with Coontz about issues relating to the family, including recent reports that it may be more important for a parent to stay home with the kids when the children are older than when they are infants.

Coontz's visit to Idaho was sponsored by the Margaret Ritchie Distinguished speaker fund. She was the keynote speaker for the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Idaho.