by Danny S. Yoder on Jun 13, 2018 Uncategorized
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.
Sometimes birth certificates bear witness to confused conceptions of parentage and legitimacy. England and Wales, for instance, have a dizzying set of rules about when the surname can be changed on the birth certificate, related to parental marriage status, who was present at registration, and what surname the child takes. However, in recognition of same_sex relationships, a U.K. birth certificate can list two mothers and no father. A birth certificate in Argentina can now list two mothers and a father.