by Kristina F. Singh on Jun 13, 2018 Birth Certificate
These documents also show the extent of progress when it comes to gender relations. Just a few decades ago, U.S. birth certificates listed the father's occupation but not the mother's. There was no expectation of working women, at least officially.
Other types of identity point out how arbitrary certain labels and designations are. One of these is race, which is marked on some birth certificates. Vivian Morris was born in 1969 in Montgomery, Alabama__the town where Rosa Parks famously refused to move to the back of the bus. On Morris's birth certificate, her Korean mother was listed as white. At the time, there weren't standard racial categories to choose from, and registration officials had more say.