Educated women not having kids

Educated women not having kids

One-third of college-educated women in the UK will never have children, according to recently published study results.

The number of highly educated women who are starting families has plummeted in the past decade, according to findings that provide the most detailed insight yet into education and fertility.

While some women are making a conscious decision not to have children, others are simply leaving it too late after taking years to build their careers, buy a home and find the right partner.

Graduates who do become mothers are having fewer children, and later.

If the low birth rate trend continues, then the eventual rate of childlessness among graduates now aged in their twenties is likely to be even higher than a third.

What does this mean for Britain, long-term? On the one hand, it means that they’re breeding out intelligence, at least on the book-learnin’ level. (Far be it for me to claim that getting a college degree automatically makes anyone more intelligent; I know a lot of blue collar guys who could run circles around your average frat boy.)

On the other hand, if we assume that college-educated women are more liberal than non-college-educated women, perhaps it means the UK can expect a swing in the cultural environment. (Not taking into account, of course, that immigrant populations are also having plenty of babies.) This would not be unlike the so-called Roe effect in the US, by which it is understood that over the long term, the pro-life attitude will become dominant simply due to the fact that pro-abortion men and women aren’t having children to pass their beliefs on to. (This is also why indoctrination in schools is such a big deal.)

It revealed that 40 per cent of the graduate women were childless at age 35. The researchers forecast that by the time they reach the likely end of their child-bearing years at 45, about 30 per cent will still be childless.

Of a panel of older graduate women born in 1958, only 32.7 per cent were childless at 35.

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  • I’ve been pointing to this unexplored demographic trend (pro-life families reproducing, pro-abort families not reproducing) for some time.  The fact is that even if a small percentage of U.K. families are pro-life and Christian, they will dominate within a century or two.  Unless, of course, the steady influx of Islamic cultures eventually takes over.

  • I wish there was info on the number of children college educated men have vs. non college educated men.  And whose children were more likely to be raised in a two parent home, etc.  There’s a lot of social dysfunction in Britain, too – fertility, alas, does not ALWAYS go hand in hand with responsibility and moral behavior.

  • A “century or two”? I know it’s idealistic of me, but I was hoping for a much earlier pro-life victory! Next month? Okay, how ‘bout next year? Otherwise, if we go on as we are, there may be eithr no life on earth in 200 yrs OR our current youth will have exploited embryos to the extent that they will still (and only!) be around then. They’ll have lots of personal space…

  • The Muslims don’t have to fight to take over Europe including England and Russia. All they have to do is wait a bit. With most indigenes having either no children or so few children that it is leading to a population decline, both the significantly high child bearing rate of the Muslim migrant population plus the continuing movement of Muslims into Europe will lead to them becoming the dominant group.In a number of European countries the most popular name for boys is Mohammad and it is predicted that in places like Belgium and Holland the majority of people under 21 will be Muslim in a matter of a decade or so. Selfishness is leading to the destruction of Western culture and civilization. Even Pope Benedict XVI has commented on this issue.

  • I used to buy the “Roe effect” and I think there’s something to it, but did you know that the majority of abortions are by women who already have or end up having children?

    I will try to find the stats and get back to you.

  • Here’s a link to the stats.  Apparently, ` of women having abortion already have at least one child.  And, of course, because the majority are young, we can assume that many go on to have children later, and often change their mind about the permisability of abortion.

    The biggest problem with the Roe Effect, and one that I fell for, is the tendency to demonize women who have abortions.  To say that they are basically child haters.  In fact, they are really messed up and conflicted people who both love their children and murder them.  Proof of original sin?

    Dom, haven’t posted here in a long while. Very happy to hear your wife is well.

  • Dom,
    I disagree with your comment that they’re “breeding out intelligence.”  Neither of my parents had a college degree, but that did not mean that we were brought up without a good education and it also doesn’t mean that my parents weren’t as smart as those who went on to college.

  • You’re not disagreeing with me. Didn’t you notice that I said that book learning is not the only kind of intelligence and that I know plenty of people without college degrees who are smarter than college graduates?

  • I’m one of them – bought the liberal crap and “enjoyed” my 20’s.  Many regrets, but made peace with it.  Now in 40’s . . .