Settling in with my New York Times Magazine on Sunday, I stumbled upon this article. It’s about how women in industrialized nations are having fewer and fewer children. Apparently, this is freaking out folks who keep track of that kind of thing, because shrinking birth rates lead to, “fewer workers, graying populations and dire predictions about vanishing peoples.”
The answer might just lie in helping working moms. Maybe, just maybe, could working moms save the world? Here’s what the article said:
If becoming a mother requires a woman to take a huge financial and professional hit,” says the article, “the thinking goes, she will be far less likely to do it. Could it be that easing a woman’s ability to hold a job and raise children simultaneously will nudge her toward having a bigger family? … Contrary to the rhetoric of many family-values champions,… the promotion of larger families and the promotion of women’s careers may go hand-in-hand.
I love this idea. It describes how other countries are making life easier on working moms and seeing results in rising birth rates. My only complaint is with that last paragraph, where the writer felt compelled to trot out the old “have it all” cliche. I am really sick of people using that phrase in relation to working moms. I’m not trying to “have it all.” I’m trying to feed and clothe my child.
But that’s a topic for a different post…