Unmarried with Children

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Do you think women are choosing to have children unmarried? In some instances that is true, but most of the time it is a mistake. Today one in three children are born to an unmarried mother. Researchers like Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas took a bold step and wrote an article that gives the different points of view about being unmarried with children. In Unmarried with Children, Kathryn Edin and Marie Kefalas, use personal credentials, statistics, external sources, and cause and effect to appeal to the readers’ credibility, reasoning, and logistics to convince them that many single mothers might have been better off if they had finished high school, found a stable job, and married their child’s father first.

Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas begin their article with building on their personal credentials to gain the reader’s trust before allowing the audience to delve deeper into the article. An author may use personal credentials to confirm to the readers that they are experienced writers in the particular subject they are writing in. That is exactly what these two writers are doing in this article. These two women have written many published articles and one major book. Edin and Kefalas wrote the book, Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage. In this book, they “discuss the lives of 162 white, African American, and Puerto Rican low-income, single mothers living in eight destitute neighborhoods across Philadelphia and its poorest industrial suburb, Camden” (Edin, 389). This quote shows us how the authors went about researching single mothers from different ethnicities. It demonstrates that the authors have a background in this subject and that they are not targeting one single ethnic group unfairly. They are investigating not only minority groups, but Caucasian women as well. Their focus is not race, but women who are of low socio-economic background. This can further build upon their credentials and earn a reader’s trust because...
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