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Elizabeth Gregory directs the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Houston.  She is also an English professor and a new later mom to two girls (whom she's rearing with her husband, a new later dad and architect).

Recognizing that the trend among women to starting families later involves a huge change in traditional life-sequencing patterns, and that almost no research had been done on the causes and effects of this shift, she started a study. Her book Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood draws on her interviews with 113 new later moms (and a few dads) and on her extensive collateral research in national data bases.  She explores the background to the trend to start families at or after 35 by birth or adoption, and its effect on individual women, their families and the wider world.  It turns out that the new pattern creates many ripple effects, and those effects are dynamic, so new effects crop up frequently.

In 2005, Gregory and the UH Women’s Studies program hosted a national conference called 21st-Century Motherhood: Change, and in 2008 they will be hosting another conference, this time looking at Gender, Age and Creativity

She is also the author of a book of literary criticism— Quotation and Modern American Poetry: “ ‘Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads’”(1996)—and the editor of The Critical Response to Marianne Moore (2003). 

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