More College-Educated Women Are Having Babies Before Marriage: Study
As long-standing societal gender stereotypes and traditions continue to become more and more antiquated with each passing year, a new study finds college-educated women are more likely than ever to give birth to their first child outside of wedlock.
Interestingly, researchers from Johns Hopkins University also report that educated women are now more likely to marry before their second child arrives.
Study authors say these findings suggest a historic shift away from the usual tradition among more educated individuals of starting with marriage before having children.
…Cherlin theorizes that financial issues play a major role. More specifically, college debt and the increasingly undeniable fact that a Bachelor’s Degree just doesn’t guarantee as much money as it did decades ago.
Besides all that, researchers believe the overall cultural shift toward greater acceptance of single parenthood and unmarried couples living together is likely a piece of this equation as well.
Johns Hopkins study found more women are giving birth to their 1st child in their 30s and the numbers shift depending on education level
By Cortney Moore
Sept 7, 2021
Women are giving birth to their first child later in life and a significant number are doing so while unmarried.
A new study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University has found that more women between the ages of 32 and 38 welcomed their first child before marriage in 2017 to 2018 compared to how many who did so in 1996, according to South West News Service (SWNS).
The women were distinguished by their education level, and while each group saw a rise in the number of unmarried women giving birth for the first time in their mid-to-late-30s, college-educated women saw significant growth.