a bird and a bottle

65 and pregnant?
November 12, 2006, 10:44 pm
Filed under: feminism/s & gender, politics

Today on Slate, Tim Hartford explores why women who wait to have children seem to earn more money. But, as he notes, it’s not quite clear what is the cause and what is the effect. Do women who have more earning potential put off having children because of that potential? Or do they put off children because of something unquantifiable, like ambition? I wanted Hartfor to answer these questions, or at least take a stab at them….but he didn’t. Instead, he muses that women will be able to achieve equality in the workforce when they can put off having children until midlife. But that’s a false answer – and a condescending one – that ignores the real question: why can’t women have equality of career opportunity and have children in our thirties? And how does American industry need to change in order to make that possible? Pinning it on science fiction fantasies of pregnant sixty-year-olds as the norm is not the answer.


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