On this day (August 7th) in 1975, Hollywood actress Charlize Theron was born.
Times have certainly changed since then and the type of family young Charlize could have expected to be born into, had she been born today, is rather different.
This is partially because of the progress that occurred in Theron’s native homeland of South Africa but more so because of the changing nature of family around the world.
Last year in Australia, the Institute of Family Studies released a great report on these changes highlighting the difference between the 1970's and today.
The report from Australia is a particularly useful one because, as a county of many immigrants from many places around the world, the country’s family statistics tend to mirror changes to family across the world as a whole.
Below are a few charts extracted from that report.
1. FAMILY TYPES
2. NUMBER OF CHILDREN
3. AGE WHEN FIRST BECAME A PARENT
There are other great stats that you can check out if you go to the report all of which show us the amazingly rapid nature of change that family life has seen in just over 30 years.
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