"Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage"

Apr 28, 2015

Our guest on this edition of ST is Isabel Sawhill, a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where she holds the Cabot Family Chair. Sawhill also serves as the co-director of the Center on Children and Families, and she's the board president of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Her latest book is "Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage." Sawhill -- who appeared recently at an event here in Tulsa -- discusses this "important new book" (per Nicholas Kristoff of The New York Times) with us today. As Mark Edwards, the executive director of Opportunity Nation, has noted: "Sawhill has written an extraordinary book that surfaces and analyzes the most important demographic shift over the last fifty years: the trend of young adults drifting into parenthood, rather than planning for it. The negative implications for the ability of young adults and their children to achieve the American Dream are profound and deeply troubling, but this superbly written book, drawing on insights from behavioral economics, provides clearheaded, actionable recommendations of how we can change course and ensure that every young person can achieve their full potential. 'Generation Unbound' is a must-read for policy makers, change agents, parents, anyone working to ensure that America continues to be the land of opportunity."