A recent report on childlessness and women from the Pew Center shows a trend that seems obvious: On the whole, more women are opting out of motherhood today than in the past. But under the surface is an interesting twist – among the most highly educated women, rates of childlessness have actually gone down.
The Pew Center’s report looks at the percent of women ages 40-44 who’ve never borne any children during the periods 1990-1992 and 2006-2008. Overall, and across racial demographics, the number of women who chose not to become mothers rose. But when the data were compared by level of education (high school diploma, college degree, master’s degree, etc.), the most highly educated women are having children more often than in the past.
The New York Times guesses that women may be earning degrees in professions that require a lot of education up front, but actually allow for a better work-life balance later on. Do you think these women are finding a way to achieve a perfect balance of career and family, or do you think they’re just wasting their degrees?