New Data on Childlessness Part I

Pew Research Center  just came out with a new report on the numbers of childless women using mostly data from the June fertility supplement of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (based on combined 2006-2008 data). Let’s first look the overall numbers, then beginning in the next post… Continue reading “New Data on Childlessness Part I”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Childfree as Lifestyle Choice

Last Sunday’s New York Times had an interesting article by Patricia Cohen—“Long Road to Adulthood is Growing Even Longer.”  It talks about how “young adulthood has undergone a profound shift.”  According to Frank Furstenberg, of the Foundation Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood, “people between 20-34 are taking longer to finish their educations, establish themselves in careers, marry, have children and become financially independent…a new period of life is emerging in which young people are no longer adolescents but not yet adults.”

A report by Princeton and the Brookings Institution indicates that … Continue reading “Childfree as Lifestyle Choice”

Women Match Men in Higher Education- Impact on the Childfree?

According to 2009 census figures, for the first time women are just as likely as men to have completed college and to have an advanced degree.  Women represent about half of those in the U.S. who have a master’s degree or higher, largely due to more women pursuing medical and law degrees. And at current rates, Continue reading “Women Match Men in Higher Education- Impact on the Childfree?”

Childfree Women in the History Books

I am reading When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by New York Times columnist and author Gail Collins. While interesting and informative about the history of women during this time period, covering politics, popular culture, economics, sex, work, and family, I am disappointed that there is no discussion of – you can guess– Continue reading “Childfree Women in the History Books”