What Does Baby Boomer Mean, and Where Did the Term Baby Boomer Come From?

A baby boomer is someone who was born after soldiers of the Second World War had come home and up to eighteen years later, so the period differs in some countries.

What is a Baby Boomer, Where Did the Term Come From, and Who Qualifies as a Baby Boomer?

In the U.S. and Canada, 20 million babies were born during the boom between 1946 and 1964.

North America’s first baby boomer, Kathleen Casey Wilkens, was born in Philadelphia one second after midnight on January 1, 1946.

Landon Jones coined the term “baby boomer” in his book “Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generation”.

Baby boomers are often associated with a rejection or redefinition of traditional cultural and social values, but this has been widely disputed.

Many agree, however, that one major contribution made by the baby boomer generation is the expansion of individual freedom.

They are often associated with the civil rights movement, feminism in the 1970s, gay rights, and the right to privacy.

About Karen Hill

Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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