2017 National Spring Conference Speaker

Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie Coontz teaches History and Family Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and serves as Director of Research and Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families, www.contemporaryfamilies.org. She has authored seven books on marriage and family life, including A Strange Stirring: ‘The Feminine Mystique’ and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s, Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage, which was cited in the recent US Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, and her just released revised and expanded edition of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap.

Coontz is a frequent guest columnist for the New York Times and other national newspapers and magazines. She has testified about her research before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families in Washington, DC, and appeared on The Colbert Report, MSNBC's "The Cycle," The Today Show, PBS News Hour, Oprah Winfrey, Crossfire, 20/20, CBS This Morning, CSPAN, and the O-Reilly Factor, along with numerous NPR shows. Selected articles and tv appearances can be found at www.stephaniecoontz.com.

Her awards include the 2013 Work-Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute, the Council on Contemporary Families first-ever (and only) "Visionary Leadership" Award and the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her "outstanding contributions to the field of child development." She served as a marriage consultant to The Ladies Home Journal from 2006-2009 and consulted with the Pew Research Center in developing their questionnaire for their 2010 report on the state of marriage and family life in America, as well as with Match.com for its 2011 survey on singles. She currently serves as an advisor to MTV for its anti-bias campaign.

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