Tuesday, August 19, 2008

More women having fewer children (if at all)

A new Census Bureau report on fertility shows that 20 percent of women 40 to 44 were childless in 2006, twice as high as the level 30 years earlier. Among other highlights, the report, Fertility of American Women: 2006, found:
  • The majority of women with a recent birth (57 percent) were in the labor force.
  • Of the 4.2 million women who had a birth in the previous 12 months, 36 percent were separated, widowed, divorced or never married at the time of the survey. Of these 1.5 million unmarried mothers, 190,000 were living with an unmarried partner.
  • Second generation Hispanic women tend to have lower fertility rates than either foreign-born Hispanics or those who were third generation (i.e., native and of native parents).
  • The highest levels of current fertility (67 births in the year prior to the survey per 1,000 women) were among those with a graduate or professional degree.

The report is the first from the Census Bureau on this topic to use data from the American Community Survey, resulting in state-by-state comparisons of fertility characteristics. Data from the Current Population Survey are also included in the report, permitting historical comparisons of levels of childlessness and births.

This report shows a great deal of variation among states in the characteristics of mothers who had given birth in the previous year. Such mothers, for instance, in the District of Columbia, Mississippi and North Carolina were the most likely to have never married. In addition, recent mothers in California were the most apt to be foreign-born, while those in Mississippi were the likeliest to be poor.

The report also finds that the national birth rate for women age 15 to 50 receiving public assistance in 2006 was about three times of those not receiving public assistance. A decade after the passage of welfare reform in 1996, data show that women in this age range receiving public assistance had a birth rate of 155 births per 1,000 women, compared with 53 births per 1,000 women not receiving it.


In my own words: Women who went to college and who are working successful careers are having 0-1.9 babies that are being raised in daycare. Women who are on welfare (after probably dropping out of school and never going to college) are having three times as many babies as anyone else. Women who are unmarried are having babies more than ever before.

Are there any normal families left? Married people where Dad works hard so Mom can stay home and raise whatever amount of children they are blessed with?

No wonder strangers in public ask to take pictures of our family, saying it's so rare to see a normal family any more these days.


  1. My husband works extremely hard at a good stable job which is rare nowadays, unfortunately not much money, so I work as well and I do like it. I worked hard to become a nurse. My children are happy healthy and balanced kids.

    Why are you so critical of people? It baffles me that someone who is so religious and a christian judges so easily? I never remember in all my years of church, bible school and camp, the Bible teaching me to judge others and be critical?

  2. Hello Zsuzsanna,
    You seem like a very kind, loving person and your family is beautiful. It's great that you're all able to spend so much time together doing creative, empowering things instead of just plopping the kids in front of the TV. I admire you for that.
    I know you have deeply held views about gender roles, women staying at home and not working or voting, etc. This is one of the areas where I respectfully disagree (for myself personally, but to each their own), but my question is about when your own daughters get older. If your daughters express a desire to be a doctor, or veterinarian, or schoolteacher, or counselor, or any other profession, or decide they want to vote when they become of legal age to do so, will you support and encourage these dreams, even though you personally disagree with them for yourself? Although I have the utmost respect for homemakers, I also believe in women (and all people) having the freedom to live their lives as they choose, so long as they do not harm or infringe on the rights of others. Being a homemaker is wonderful for those who choose to do it, and homemakers have wonderful value to their families and society. However, being a homemaker is not for everyone, and I'm wondering if you will support your daughters should they choose a different path.

  3. anon,

    our daughters are free to do whatever they please as adults. If they choose to pursue a career, that is their choice. It's not the best choice, and I would be saddened to see them miss out on life's greatest blessing (which is fulfilling the role God designed them for), but they have the free will to choose whichever way they like. They are the ones having to live with the consequences.

    If women decide to pursue a career, it is their loss, not mine. I am not the one who said they should get married, bear children, and guide the house - God did. Therefore, they are not doing wrong by me if they choose differently.

    It's like this: if you were offered to have dinner tonight at McDonald's, or a super-fancy restaurant, which one would you choose? Would you rather stay at a dinky motel, or a resort? You're free to choose, but reason would dictate you choose the more worthwhile. Hopefully by the time our daughters are adults, they will have learned to distinguish between which lifestyles are more worthwhile than others.

  4. God knows not all women can have birth and what if the career is what god want them to have. I mean there were many women that had jobs in the bible because god want them to.Deborah was a mother that god choose. Lydia sold purple , and phoebe a deacon. We don't heard if much if they had children. Also god knows not all women can have children.What if I women can't have children because she sick.Also in the bible there were birth control that was used and god doesn't say anything. Onanan is not about birth control but on in the old testament in which if I brother is death and has no kids, his brother must marry his death brother wife and have his children. Onnan didn't had to do thisl


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