Common myths about having a child later in life

  • Common myths about having a child later in life

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    Myth: Women who delay are selfish about their careers

    Gregory finds the opposite, and says later mothers aim to do well in their careers in order to support their kids. The current work-system effectively punishes women who have kids early on, she says, by holding their salaries low and limiting their opportunities to advance.

    One study in the July 2011 Journal of Population Economics found that college-educated women gain 12 percent in long-term earnings per year of delay. That means a woman who starts her family at 30 makes about twice as much in the long term as she would if she had started her family at 22, and so on with each additional year of delay. The average female college grad (of any race) starts her family at 30 and many wait longer, according to the CDC.