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Educated women are having more children
An increasing number of highly educated women are choosing to have children when in their late 30s and 40s. This is according to new study by researchers from the University of Buffalo and Ohio State University and could have a significant impact on the business decisions female workers make as they get older.
It was found that childlessness among ladies in the US who attended college stood at around 30 per cent in the late 1990s, but fell by five percentage points over the following decade.
Bruce Weinberg, Professor of Economics at Ohio State University, noted the findings could mark the beginning of a new trend, adding: "There is no doubt we have seen fertility rise among older, highly educated women."
Published in the Journal of Population Economics, the investigation suggested one reason for the trend could be improvements made in fertility treatments mean these methods are becoming more affordable and accessible.
Dr Lynne Jordan, Chartered Psychologist, commented: "Women are increasing able to exert their rights to equal pay in the workplace even if there is much room left for improvement! They are often accused of dropping 'the balls' when juggling work and personal life even though their male counterparts are simply admired to being successful breadwinners and super dads at weekends. It is a really tricky situation where oftentimes women feel they 'cannot win' or 'get it right'.
"The women that have high education have opportunities to progress their careers and put child rearing on hold whilst developing their careers. Some come to raising children with a financial personal security and general personal confidence that they are able and competent in most things in life.
"It can be a complete shock on the birth of the first baby when their hormones are in temporary disarray and they are overwhelmed with tiredness and optimistic unrealistic expectations largely promoted by the media of idealistic family life and especially parenting with a gorgeous happy baby and serene mother with doting father. So often the picture is utterly contrary to this with exhaustion and stress being the main hallmarks of the main situation.
"Women are again seen as the ones who are not quite up the scratch and failing to meet the ideal of nurturing parent and successful businesswomen.
"What I wonder is many times in clinical practice where I see pressured and disillusioned couples and distressed individuals, is when are men and women going to be allowed socially to simply follow their dreams and not be blamed for failures in relationships that our forefathers have hardly been successful in?
"Society allows and even encourages women to self develop and be equal to the menfolk and yet when they even attempt it they are still blamed for failure and in some cases even disadvantaged and in divorces lose their children and their homes.
"Is it not time for us all as women to seriously consider what it is we want for ourselves and our children and their children?"