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|Thu, 10-20-2011 - 2:58pm|
New census data reveals that almost half of all American women of childbearing age are not having kids, possibly because being childless is becoming more acceptable and women are staying in their careers for longer: http://www.ivillage.com/are-more-us-becoming-childless-choice/4-a-394281
On the other hand: It's not nearly enough progress. While it's great that going the no-kids route is becoming a respectable choice, these stats show that women are still being forced to choose between career and family -- it's just not always the assumed choice that it was in the 1950s. This is because the American workplace has yet to catch up to our new reality: Where women now make up just over half of the American workforce and increasing numbers of men plan to be equal partners in parenting. These are good things. Plenty of research shows that both work and the family benefits from gender parity.
How much are the demands of your job playing a part in the decision on whether to have a child or not?