Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Prologue: Lessons from My Grandmother

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pp. 1-12

When my daughters were young, our nightly routine included storytelling. After dinner, they would select several books from their bookcase and bring them to me. We would then climb onto the sofa, snuggle close together, and I would read from the pages of favorites such as The Rain Babies or The Giving Tree or If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. ...

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Chapter 1: The Politics of Single Motherhood in the United States

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pp. 13-42

As she prepared to graduate from high school, Gina Ocon found herself in an enviable position. She had excelled in both academics and extracurricular activities during high school and had achieved a 3.9 cumulative grade point average (GPA). She had also earned admission to several Ivy League institutions as well as the Air Force Academy. ...

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Chapter 2: Trying to Make Ends Meet

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pp. 43-81

As college students, single mothers have some of the same educational concerns as their more traditional peers. They want to be taught by skilled and knowledgeable faculty members, take courses that are interesting and relevant, earn good grades, and complete a college degree in a reasonable amount of time. ...

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Chapter 3: Clocks and Calendars

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pp. 82-109

For those who learn and work at institutions of higher education, life is governed to a great extent by two powerful and related forces: the clock and the calendar. These strict keepers of time affect campus life regardless of whether an institution is a community college, a public university, or a private school and regardless of whether one is a student, a member of the faculty, ...

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Chapter 4: Navigating America’s Child Care Crisis

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pp. 110-140

Unlike many American parents and unlike many other single mothers attending college, Tilda Knox did not experience a child care crisis. Shortly after her divorce was finalized, Tilda moved from Houston to the Dallas–Fort Worth area with her daughter, Baylee, and her son, Asher. She was intent on completing the undergraduate nursing program at Texas Woman’s University ...

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Chapter 5: Mothering Alone in a Chilly Climate

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pp. 141-178

On January  14, 2005, Harvard president Lawrence H. Summers delivered a lecture at the conference “Diversifying the Science & Engineering Workforce: Women, Underrepresented Minorities, and their S & E Careers.” Summers acknowledged the underrepresentation of women in tenured positions in science and engineering fields ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 179-194

In many ways, single mothers are similar to other postsecondary students. They have many of the same concerns, such as class schedules, degree requirements, and academic performance. Some to go college because they place a high value on education or want to get a degree in order to pursue their chosen career. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 195-196

The process of creating this volume has been filled with both moments of absolute joy and numerous trials. At times, the trials took over and seemed unsurmountable, and I would put the project aside for weeks or months at a time. At one point, I even decided to discontinue the project altogether, tucking the completed chapters, observation notes, interview transcripts, ...

Appendix: Supporting Single Mothers at Colleges and Universities

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pp. 197-212

Notes

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pp. 213-240

Bibliography

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pp. 241-254

Index

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pp. 255-260

About the Author

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