Single, No Children

Who Is Your Family?

Authored by: Bella DePaulo

The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415881982
eBook ISBN: 9780203848166
Adobe ISBN: 9781136946370


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After his election in 2008, President Barack Obama nominated a single woman with no children, Janet Napolitano, to be the Secretary of Homeland Security. Commenting on Napolitano's qualifications, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared her to be “perfect”—“because for that job, you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19–20 hours a day to it” (Collins, 2008).

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