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Hannah’s Children: The Women Quietly Defying the Birth Dearth

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT


Catholic Information Center

1501 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States

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Join social scientist, mother of eight, and author Dr. Catherine R. Pakaluk for the launch of her book, Hannah’s Children: The Women Quietly Defying the Birth Dearth. Dr. Pakaluk has crafted a fascinating portrait of America’s most interesting yet overlooked women—women who are raising families with five or more children. The book will be available for purchase at the CIC’s bookstore.

This event will be offered both in-person and virtually through YouTube. Please RSVP today.

  • 6:00 pm EDT: Talk (this portion will be offered virtually via the livestream)
  • 7:00 pm EDT: Book signing and reception
  • 8:00 pm EDT: Conclusion

About the Book:

A portrait of America’s most interesting yet overlooked women.

In the midst of a historic “birth dearth,” why do some 5 percent of American women choose to defy the demographic norm by bearing five or more children? Hannah’s Children is a compelling portrait of these overlooked but fascinating mothers who, like the biblical Hannah, see their children as their purpose, their contribution, and their greatest blessing.

The social scientist Catherine Pakaluk, herself the mother of eight, traveled across the United States and interviewed fifty-five college-educated women who were raising five or more children. Through open-ended questions, she sought to understand who these women are, why and when they chose to have a large family, and what this choice means for them, their families, and the nation.

Hannah’s Children is more than interesting stories of extraordinary women. It presents information that is urgently relevant for the future of American prosperity. Many countries have experimented with aggressively pro-natalist public policies, and all of them have failed. Pakaluk finds that the quantitative methods to which the social sciences limit themselves overlook important questions of meaning and identity in their inquiries into fertility rates. Her book is a pathbreaking foray into questions of purpose, religion, transcendence, healing, and growth—questions that ought to inform economic inquiry in the future.

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About the Speaker

Catherine Ruth Pakaluk, PhD, received her doctorate in economics from Harvard University and is an associate professor of social research and economic thought in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, with her husband and their eight children.

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