We (still) hold these truths to be self-evident: Most women want to get married young. Two-parent households are best for children. It’s only natural for a woman’s career to take a back seat when she becomes a mother.
But according to Kathleen Gerson’s new book, much of this appears to be untrue, or a distortion, or downright irrelevant. Over the past three decades, social change has blown apart the old-fashioned ideal of the nuclear family — and Gerson (left) has set out to map where the pieces have landed.

The author, a sociology professor at NYU, is following up from her 1986 book, “Hard Choices: How Women Decide About Work, Career and Motherhood.” For her new study, she interviewed 120 men and women, 18 to 32 years old, from across the greater New York metropolitan area. They represent a broad range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, with a slight majority (55%) white, and 46% middle or upper-middle class. The Post sat down with the author to discuss her findings…

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