More Women with Advanced Degrees…And Children!
Have you ever looked at your kiddos and thought, maybe one more? Did your career aspirations influence your decision one way or the other? I asked my mama one time if she ever wanted more children than just me and my sister. Her response: no. My grandmother had five children, didn't she ever want more? No. Did daddy want to have any more, perhaps to see if he could get a son out of the deal? Yep. According to my mama with her career two was more than enough for her. When I was a little girl I always said that I wanted five children. Where did I come up with this number? I have no earthly idea. And even now that I know how much of a challenge, career or not, and how expensive it is to raise children, …I still wouldn’t mind five. Crazy, I know! But given my career aspirations it ain’t happening. I have had friends, at some point in time before or right after they added another child to the family, who made the proclamation: This is it for me. No. More, Babies! Most say it’s because raising kids is so expensive. True indeed. But sometimes I wonder. Could it be that after years of studying, racking up thousands of dollars in student loan debt and starting out of college with low pay they also wanted to stop stalling their career with maternity leaves? Perhaps. PEW recently reported that:
- About one-in-five women ages 40 to 44 with a master’s degree or higher (22%) have no children – down from 30% in 1994.
- Among women with at least a master’s degree, six-in-ten have had two or more children, up from 51% in 1994.
Did your career aspirations influence your decision to have more children?