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Without Child: Challenging the Stigma of Childlessness
Random House/Ballantine Books, 1996
Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 1999
Fembooks, Taiwan, China, 2001
Argo Navis, 2013, 2014, Ingram Spark, 201


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"Recognizing Our Womanhood, Redefining Femininity," from Without Child in Childfree across the Disciplines: Academic and Activist Perspectives on Not Choosing Children, edited by Davidia Thornley, Rutgers University Press, 2021


"Laurie Lisle, by telling her own story and struggle of living childless in a childbearing world, has given a voice to all of us...She bravely and unapologetically talks about issues heretofore rarely discussed...one feels the electricity and importance of these facts."
Stephanie Dickison, ~ Canadian Women's Studies


"This book is a pleasure to read, seamlessly weaving together personal narrative with a variety of literary, historical, and cross-cultural examples of childlessness and responses to it...[It examines] woman and childlessness in relation to 'maiden aunts' (or traditions of women outside motherhood), to women's own mothers, to real and imagined children, to men and heterosexuality, to 'Womanhood,' to work, and to maturity and aging."
~ Abby Wilkerson, Hypatia

“The ‘rejection of parenthood,’ as the author of this carefully researched study found, ‘is a delicate and even dangerous topic’...She points to the many ways a woman’s childlessness, often perceived as selfish, can promote and nurture life-enhancing relationships." ~ Publisher’s Weekly

"At last, an intelligent analysis of the powerful societal pressure upon women to become mothers. Laurie Lisle has written a timely book assuring us that the true definition of womanhood need not include childbirth.” ~ Carolyn Heilbrun, author, Writing a Woman’s Life

"This book is a must read for anyone interested in ensuring that women with and without children have freedom to pursue happiness as they themselves define it." ~ Pamela W. Garner, Sex Roles: A Journal of Research

“Lisle establishes a historical context for women without children, thus revealing a much neglected yet crucial aspect of women’s history...infused with sense and sensibility.” ~ Booklist


"Laurie Lisle has given us an eloquent and insightful discussion of childlessness and women who end up--by design or default--remaining without child." ~ Anne T. Fleming, Motherhood Deferred