Women: Now With Fewer Babies Than Ever Before!

Simcha | August 20, 2008 - 6:30 pm

Nowadays, we modern gals are too busy to worry about spawning. It might be on some of our to do lists, but according to a 2006 survey, one in five women never have a baby. That’s double the number of childless women in 1976! While 30 years ago, 59% of women had at least three kids, now only 28% have popped that many out. The U.S. Census Bureau, who conducted the survey, speculates that societal factors, like people trying to conceive later because of careers and education, fertility rates steadily dropping since the ’80s, and a wide range of socially accepted birth control options, are all adding up to less brats, er, bundles of joy. Now you can point fingers at the empowered products of women’s lib all you want, but we’re willing to bet there’s an underlying economic issue here too. For instance, the birth rate keeps going down while college tuition keeps going up. Coincidence? We think not. Kids cost a lot more than condoms. [The Guardian]