International Women's Day

Happy International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day! This Day has an interesting and powerful history.  I like wikipedia’s description, as overall, it is a day that “commemorates the movement for women’s rights.”

Today, I am inspired to post this short film that is adapted from the upcoming film, [M] otherhood, by SUICAfilms. Continue reading “Happy International Women’s Day”

Childless and childfree in history

Social reformer, Beatrice Webb

The Childless and Childfree in History: An Interview with Historian Rachel Chrastil

I recently found historian Rachel Chrastil’s site, Childless, Childfree: News, Research & the Arts. On this site, she “reports on childlessness in the news, research about childlessness, and portrayals of childlessness in the arts–past, present, and future.” I was curious to know more about her and her research on the childless and childfree in history. Continue reading “The Childless and Childfree in History: An Interview with Historian Rachel Chrastil”

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The 1st Conference of its Kind: The Not Mom Summit 2015

A first-ever conference is happening this Friday and Saturday: The Not Mom Summit. Spearheaded by Karen Malone Wright who runs the site The Not Mom, it is the first time women without children by choice, chance or circumstance will gather for presentations, discussions, and connection. I am excited to be part of it!

Continue reading “The 1st Conference of its Kind: The Not Mom Summit 2015”

Recent Research on Childlessness in Australia

Dr. Bronwyn Harman, psychology and social science professor at Perth’s Edith Cowan University conducted a survey of women with no children in Australia, specifically looking at why they chose not to have children. Here are highlights of what she found: Continue reading “Recent Research on Childlessness in Australia”

Laura Carroll, childfree choice

Unintentional Insults on the Childless and Childfree

On the heels of being interviewed for an upcoming article on the topic of what not to say to childfree friends (and why), I saw this article by blogger Nicole Ciomelc about one of the worst bingoes the childfree and childless in particular can get.  It puts a spotlight on how the childfree and the childless have the experience of unintentional insults in common… Continue reading “Unintentional Insults on the Childless and Childfree”

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Think Parent/Childfree Friendships Can Have Their Challenges? Check Out Fertility Jealousy

As many childfree and parents know,  there is an art to friendships where one person has children and the other does not-by choice.  These friendships all too often have their challenges.  But what about friendships in which one person is having no problem having kids, and the other … Continue reading “Think Parent/Childfree Friendships Can Have Their Challenges? Check Out Fertility Jealousy”

Rethinking What It Means to be Childless and Childless by Circumstance

Reading “The Grief of Childlessness” by Samantha Schoech got me thinking about how we’ve come to commonly define “childless “and “childless by circumstance.”  Who are the childless? Typically we are talking about those who want biological children…. Continue reading “Rethinking What It Means to be Childless and Childless by Circumstance”

Laura Carroll, The Baby Matrix

One Woman’s Journey from Childless to Childfree

I recently had an exchange with a woman who wrote in response to this month’s On-the-Ground Question: Who has been least accepting of you not wanting kids? She said that she’d have to say her infertile friends. She has wanted kids, has been in the process of accepting she can’t have them, and her child”free” status is a recent development. I asked her if she would be willing to tell me more about her journey from childless to childfree.. Continue reading “One Woman’s Journey from Childless to Childfree”

Hot off the Press: Latest Childless Data from the U.S. Census

The U.S. Census released a new report this month, “Fertility of American Women.” It used data collected from American women in 2008.

It looks at fertility patterns from a number of different angles, but I want to start with data on women with no children.  I’ll do a Part II with interesting data highlights on women with children.

But first, the latest on childless stats: Continue reading “Hot off the Press: Latest Childless Data from the U.S. Census”