A generation of young women have been put off starting a family because it will damage their lifestyle, career and looks, a survey shows. One in three childless women quizzed now say they don't ever want to become a mother while increasing numbers of thirty-somethings in stable relationships and with good jobs have different priorities. Almost half would rather get on the property ladder than have a baby while 28 per cent would prefer a £100,000 salary, according to a poll of 2,000 women.
Childless women just aren't willing to make the sacrifices they now see are necessary for motherhood with 44 per cent feeling sorry for working mums struggling to have it all, the survey said. A quarter think working mothers always look exhausted and one in five say it looks so difficult it makes them think twice about having children. Half of childless women over 30 look at stay-at-home mothers and think it will be difficult for them to get back on the career ladder and a fifth believe they've lost their identity.
Body issues are also a factor with three in ten worried about the effect pregnancy would have on their appearance. Almost a third think having a baby would make them less body confident while almost one in three mothers miss their pre-baby figure and feel judged by society thanks to coverage of glamorous celebrity mums.
Four in ten childless women say they're not ready to give up their lifestyle - and a quarter still feel too young for a child. Meanwhile 26 per cent admit they are fearful of the effect motherhood would have on their career. Almost half think having a child would make them poorer and over half say they couldn't afford a baby even if they wanted one.
Grazia editor-in-chief Jane Bruton said: 'We were really surprised a third of childless women admitted they didn't want to start a family. "It's clear from our survey 'having a baby' has just dropped off the to-do list for a whole generation of twenty-somethings". "Yet with women bearing the brunt of the recession and headlines about rising costs of childcare forcing working mothers out of their jobs, is it any wonder these women are questioning whether motherhood is really worth it?" "It's time we started looking at the support systems out there for women so the new generation don't feel pushed into making a choice between motherhood and a career."
This report is saddening. This is a prime example of one of the "ill effects" of feminism that I mentioned in the comments section of this post just recently. It still amazes me how many people (men and women) have been taken in by feministic lies. Think about it...if feminism "liberated" women why are so many feeling under such pressure to keep working, maintain a perfect body and provide for themselves, that they will give up the blessing of children? Doesn't make sense does it?
Of course the questioned childless women over thirty, that have chosen fancy clothes and career, over husband and family would think stay-at-home mothers have lost their identity. This helps them justify their dull and empty lives. Additionally "losing ones identity" is a ridiculous term, that could only be directed at a generation of women who have truly lost their identity. A womans true identity is the one given to us in Gods word.