For the last three years, four women in New York and New Jersey opened their lives to photographer Jackie Molloy as they struggled to get pregnant, navigated the adoption and foster-care systems, and juggled a new life with children—all on their own. They are single mothers by choice; a growing number of women who choose to become a parent without a partner.
Alexa, Erica, Trewlaney, and Sarah are creating a life that they want. They decided not to wait for a partner to make a family. Even though they are single, the project doesn’t focus on being alone. For each woman, the road to becoming a mother was challenging and complicated, but the results were transformative and joyful.
Far from alone, these women now have children that they share their lives with. Though their families may look unconventional, their stories challenge the norm. The stories focus on the themes of familial strength, perseverance, and above all, love.
Featuring: Jackie Molloy
Curated by: Deanna Donegan
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jackie Molloy is an internationally published visual journalist based in New York City. Her work ranges widely from fashion and portraiture, to editorial work and intimate storytelling. Jackie’s photos explore modern families confronting challenges, including transgender rights, fertility issues, foster care, and disability. She is interested in the exploration of how these issues shape family dynamics.
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