My brother-in-law sent my husband and I an interesting article published in the New York Times from this past weekend, entitled Educated Women Opting for Motherhood. Did anyone else happen to see it?
The crux of the article is that in general, the percentages of women not having children are increasing across racial and ethnic boundaries, as compared to 1992.
However, when we look at this same information across educational degree attainment, we see that the percentage of women who are achieving advanced degrees (Professional, Master’s, and PhD) and have never had children is decreasing.
So what does this mean? There are probably several takes on why this is happening, so I’ll just throw my hopeful idea for what I think out there.
Maybe this idea of New Feminism is finally catching on! Educated women are realizing that being mother’s is not only a fulfilling career option but also a smart option, for themselves and our society. The outdated view of feminism that includes our reproductive biology as a burden is becoming a thing of the past, especially for those most educated. Now if only we could get past the stigma of having more than two children…
One can hope this trend continues!
Do you have some other ideas for why this trend might be occurring?