Magazine article Working Mother

Single-Mom Stigma

Magazine article Working Mother

Single-Mom Stigma

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Johanna Alilo, this month's cover mom, wants to set the record straight about single moms: "We're not all searching for a dad for our kid," she says, her voice confident and knowing for her 26 years, "and we're not all looking for someone to support us."

Even though a slew of celebrity single moms-from Diane Keaton to Kim Basinger to Jenny McCarthy-have proudly paraded their independence in the public eye, Johanna believes that she and others like her still face a stigma. "I don't want to be placed in a separate class," she says. "Being a single mom is not a disability."

Johanna got pregnant at 19, and after Isabella's father bowed out of the picture, she was left to raise her baby alone. With that, she became one of the 10.4 million single mothers in the country, a group whose numbers are on the rise. Some may say Johanna is raising her child in a "broken" home, but that would be news to Isabella. Her devoted mom manages a luxury apartment building in a posh neighborhood in Los Angeles, giving the family a high-class address-rent-free. …

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