By World News Report Bureau
There was a time when most educated women preferred to remain childless till their late 40s. A widespread belief was that having children at home hinders advancement in academic or professional career. Social trends have changed since then. The women who prefer to remain childless so has declined significantly over the past two decades.
Rather according to a new Pew Research analysis postgraduate education and motherhood are increasingly going hand-in-hand. Childlessness among educated women in 40 to 44 year of age is lowest in the last decade.
Significantly while till as one decade ago almost 35 % women with M.D. or Ph.D. were childless, today there are only 20%, such women.
Likewise, the number of women aged between 40 to 44 years, with a master’s degree or higher but no child has declined from 30% to 22%.
Highly educated women are not only opting for children; they are also having bigger families than in the past.
Almost 60% women with a master’s degree, have two or more children, today. Even the proportion of women with two, three or more children has increased.
According to analysts at Pew Research, this is a reflection of the societal and demographic trend. Professional women are finding themselves in managerial and leadership positions and have to maintain a balance in their work and family life.
There was a stage when 18% women were childless even at the fag-end of their childbearing age, nearly a decade ago. That number of such childless females rose further to 20% by the mid-2000s when many women are putting off having children until much later. The pressures of education and career as well as recession, further delayed childbearing among younger women.
Now 35% of all women have two children, 12% have four or more and 20% women have three children and 18% of women have one child at the end of their childbearing years.
Childlessness is also down among women lacking a high school diploma and among women with a bachelor’s degree. The number of high school graduates aged 40 to 44 with one child has increased.