Welcome to the Sociology of the Family Oral History Project.

Our aim with this project is to shed light on the fine art of balancing work and family. Often, it is hard to truly understand the sacrifices our parents made to raise children, the tradeoffs they experienced as they made decisions about whether to stay at home or return to work after the birth of a child, and the ways that these decisions affected their parenting, marriages, and relationships with their children. As Dartmouth students preparing to enter the world of work and embarking on new family journeys, this is a critical moment in our lives when opening a window into our parents’ histories can enlighten our own decisions going forward.

Please enjoy the oral histories we present here! We hope they can be as inspirational and enlightening to you as they are to us.