WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – Perhaps a new analysis of women in the United States proves that women really can have it all. According to analysis by the Pew Research Center, significantly more American women with postgraduate degrees are having children than just two decades ago.
Now, about 22% of women ages 40-44 with a master’s degree or higher have no children. You can compare that to 30% in 1994.
The analysis came from newly released Census Bureau data. The data shows the decline in childless, well-educated women with an M.D. or Ph.D. is even greater. Those numbers went from only 20% with kids in 1994 to 35% now.
More highly-educated women aren’t just choosing to have kids, they are having more of them. Of women with at least a master’s degree, 60% have two or more kids, up from 51% in 1994.
“(The trend) coincides with women’s growing presence in managerial and leadership positions and suggests that an increasing share of professional women are confronting the inevitable push and pull of work-family balance,” wrote the Pew Research Center after its analysis.
Research showed the more kids women have, the less time women spend on paid work.
“Working mothers are also three times as likely as working fathers to say that being a working parent has made it more difficult to advance in their career,” according to the Pew Research Center.
In part because of the increase in highly-educated mothers, the number of women ages 40-44 without children is at its lowest level in a decade.
For more information on the study: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/05/07/childlessness-falls-family-size-grows-among-highly-educated-women/