In August 1973, the National Organization for Non-Parents, or NON (which later become the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood, or NAOP) celebrated Non-Parents Day–and they did in style. Check it out:
As NON at the time, it chose a Male National Non-Parent of the Year, and a Female National Non-Parent of the Year.
The winners: Stewart Mott, a 35-year-old bachelor and philanthropist, and Mrs. Anna Silverman, a 25-year-old teacher and co-author (with her husband Arthur) of The Case Against Having Children.
On August 2, 1973, they both rode down 5th Avenue in New York in a special open top cab with laurel leaf crowns, and were crowned “Non-Parent King and Queen” near the Plaza Hotel to call attention to the fact that they had declared the day before, August 1, Non-Parents Day.
There were other festivities as well. Joan Harriman, the executive coordinator of NON, who had two children of her own, organized a “Consciousness Raising Social” at the Institute for Rational Living, with the National Non-Parents of the Year winners presiding.
For a small fee, you can get an archived copy of The New York Times article that covered the event, “A King and a Queen, but There Are No Princes or Princesses in Sight,” here.
NON – later NAOP – in its day did some great work to educate society that parenthood is optional.
Forty years later, in 2013, childfree authors and bloggers Laura Carroll, Marcia Drut-Davis, Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger, Amy and Lance Blackstone got together and brought back this “Day” to be celebrated on August 1 of each year as an annual recognition of amazing childfree people and their lives, and as a wonderful way to foster the acceptance of the childfree choice in today’s society.
Now on its way to six years running, please join us!