More and more highly educated women are choosing to take on the challenge of motherhood. Compared to the 1990’s, the number of women in an important position who also have children has gone up impressively.
According to an analysis conducted at the Pew Research Center by Dr. Gretchen Livingston, there are more mothers between the ages of 40 and 44, who also have a Master’s degree or higher qualifications.
To be specific, in 2014 only 22 percent of women in this category were childless, compared to one third, which was the case back in the 1990’s.
There are many criteria to be taken into consideration, but it seems that mentalities like the one that women with successful careers are bad mothers are being whipped away from modern thinking. It seems that both these women and their spouses are working hard to change this stereotype.
Obviously, there is still an education gap involved that still bares great weight. Women with a higher education appear to have children when they are older and more prepared, as opposed to women with little education, who become mothers when they are very young and usually end up having more children along the way.
As for the specifics, only 13 percent of the women who had not completed their high school education included in the study have one child only and over 26 percent have four children or more.
This comes in opposition with the case of highly educated women, among whom 23 percent have an only child and a mere 8 percent ever get to birth four children or more. So it is safe to say that women with a higher education have less children the those with little education.
Apparently, there are also different patterns in accordance to race. According to the assessment made in 2014, a whopping 90 percent of Hispanic and Asian women already have children at the age of 40 to 44. When compared to the 83 percent of white women in the same category, a significant difference can be observed.
But the overall trend is a positive one, revealing that trends and mentalities are changing. A very positive aspect included in Dr. Livingston’s analysis is that men’s mentalities are also changing. There are more and more fathers who are taking on a more time-consuming role as parents.
This has been referred to as the “convergence of gender roles” and is of the highest importance for the entire outcome of the situation depicted in the analysis. The study revealed that many more highly educated women decide to get married than 20 years back.
Dr. Livingston herself is a representative of the key category of the analysis, portraying the results perfectly. She is the 46-year-old mother of two children, whom she had when she was 30, and yet she owns a PhD and continues to work as a researcher.
With more highly educated women choosing to be mothers, there is a better hope at an educated youth of the future, and therefore, better educated adults that will ensure a safer and better outcome for the following years.
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