Stephanie Coontz

Nationally renown scholar of  the history of marriage and family, Coontz lifts the veil on  American values. Author of the award-winning book: Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage.

  • Celebrated author of books including A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and the award-winning Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage.
  • Director of Research at the nonpartisan Council on Contemporary Families
  • Confronts challenges facing the American family
  • Fifty Years of Feminism: Where Do We Stand?
  • Is the Personal Still Political? Women’s Private and Public Lives
  • Available for writing workshops! Additional information can be provided.

Stephanie Coontz Marriage, a HistoryStephanie Coontz The Way We Never WereStephanie Coontz A Strange Stirring Stephanie Coontz The Way We Really AreStephanie Coontz American Families  Stephanie Coontz The Social Origins of Private Life  



The Way We Never Were: Revisited


In 1992, acclaimed historian Stephanie Coontz produced a myth-shattering examination of two centuries of the American family, sweeping away misconceptions about the past that cloud current debates. This revised edition features a new introduction by the author assessing what trends she got right, what she got wrong, and what she missed entirely. A new epilogue explains how the clash between growing gender equality and growing economic inequality is reshaping family life, marriage, and male-female relationships.



New Lecture Topic! “Uncharted Territory: The American Family in the 21st Century”.

This talk explains how new patterns of marriage, work, parenting, growing up, and growing old are changing American life, from the boardroom to the bedroom. Essential information for businesses, policy-makers, educators and other professionals who want to better understand how their clients, customers, constituencies, and employees — not to mention their own families — are changing.

"…no authority I trust more..."

- Deborah Luepnitz, Ph.D, author of The Family Interpreted

"… perceptive, thought-provoking, and incisive... difficult to find a more engaging, eloquent, witty or persuasive speaker."

- University of Houston

"...a thoughtful speaker who keeps the audience's attention with her provocative insights. At conferences, she is the one everyone talks about during breaks between sessions."

- Working Mother Magazine

"She was RIVETING and BRILLIANT -- and we as well as everyone in the audience LOVED HER!"

- Omega Institute