Women and Motherhood Changing in the U.S.

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A new U.S. Census Bureau report shows that fewer women are opting for motherhood and those that do tend to have fewer children than those in the 1970s.  One in five women aged 40 to 44 have no children and the average number of children for women in their 40s is 1.9 compared with 3.1 in 1976.  Higher educational attainment is one indicator of childlessness with 27 percent of women with graduate or professional degrees remaining without child as compared to 18% of women with only high school diplomas. 

Read more: More Women Than Ever Are Childless, Census Finds – NY Times

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