Coontz’s free, public talk is “From the Feminine Mystique to the Supermom Syndrome: Women, Work, Marriage and Motherhood from WWII to the Present.”
Her lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Floyd Theater, Swain Student Activities Center, with a reception afterward. Coontz’s talk is the annual Minx Auerbach lecture in women’s and gender studies, which UofL’s women’s and gender studies department sponsors during Women’s History Month.
Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., and is director of research and public education for the Council on Contemporary Families.
She wrote “A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s” and “Marriage, A History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage.” Other books include “The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap,” “The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America’s Changing Families” and “The Social Origins of Private Life: A History of American Families.”
She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from University of California-Berkeley and master’s degree in European history from University of Washington.