Despite what New York Magazine might tell you, women don’t forget to have children. Women who don’t have children often choose to remain childless after careful consideration. According to this article in Stylist, a UK magazine, women in the United Kingdom are choosing “between motherhood and solvency.” It’s not just about education eating into prime conception years anymore; job insecurity, stagnating wages and the rising cost of living have made having children financially unwise for many women who always envisioned themselves having kids:
Of course, most women could have a baby – plenty do on far lesser salaries than ours – or even no wage at all. But it seems that’s not what we want. When we imagined becoming a mum, we didn’t picture a life of coupon cutting, eating the same cheap baked beans we lived on as students and buying our children’s clothes from charity shops. We knew that a holiday home and first-class travel might be ambitious, but we assumed that if we and our partner had decent jobs, we’d have enough money to have one home and pay for a babysitter at least once a week. But while nobody was looking parenthood has become something only few can afford to consider.
Go read the rest on page 62 of Stylist.
Thanks to my stylish sister, tipster extraordinaire, for the tip!