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Sylvie Honig is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include life course theory, with an emphasis on the transition to adulthood, gender, family, and urban sociology. She specializes in qualitative methods, including ethnography and interviews. In her dissertation, Untangling the apron strings: Making sense of the delayed transition to adulthood, she explores the connection between gender, parental dependence, romantic partnership, and subjective feelings of adulthood. Relying on over 1000 pages of qualitative data from in-depth interviews with college-educated young adults, she finds gender differences in the construction of adult identity. Because relational work is deeply embedded in feminine identity, family roles remain more salient for women’s subjective feelings of adulthood. In postponing marriage, parenthood, and the adoption of new family, women are more likely identify primarily with the default role of child and feel financially and emotionally attached and indebted to their parents.