Do You Have Kids? - Life When the Answer Is No
Publisher: She Writes Press
• Today about one in five women over age 45 will never have children, double the rate in 1980. In the US alone, that's more than 35 million women. About half wanted children and for a variety of reasons didn't have them; the other half chose not to have children, again for many different reasons. (Sarah Hayford, Sociological Perspectives)
• With the number of women not having children projected to increase as Gen X and Millennials mature, non-moms and those who love them will benefit from better understanding what a childless/childfree life might entail.
• Stigmas and stereotypes about women who don't have children haven't changed since they were first studied in 1979, according to two 2016 research findings. (Annalucia Bays and Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, Sex Roles)
• Women with higher levels of education are more likely to remain childless or delay childbearing. Continuously employed women are much less likely to become mothers, while continuously employed men are much more likely to become fathers. (Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times)
• Those without children have greater average income and wealth than those who do. For couples, the average income gap is about $4,000 per year; for singles, it’s over $10,000. When it comes to wealth, childless couples have about 15 percent more wealth than those with children, singles about 17 percent. (Michael Hurd, Aging & Society)
• Not having children is the strongest predictor that someone will include charitable giving in their estate plan. Half of childless and childfree married couples age 55+ have done so. (Russell N. James III, “American Charitable Bequest Demographics”)