Tuesday, August 19, 2008

twice as many women childless

One in five American women does not reproduce--a figure which has doubled in one generation.

While it is inconclusive whether this is due to personal choice or fertility complications, it is clear that:

Not only are highly educated women delaying pregnancy, but they are also more likely to remain childless...That compares with just 15% - less than one in six - for women who did not complete their schooling...The findings also highlight the shrinking of the average American family. In 1976, women on average had 3.1 children, but that figure had fallen by 2006 to 1.9 children.

Who knew there was more to life than making babies and statistically being responsible for disproportionate, uncompensated, and under-valued house work and childcare? 

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1 comment:

jess said...


much love vanessa,
jess (from your fem-class way way back... as in last year)