Barren Britain?

Many Childless Women hit Menopause

A new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, has found that a quite substantial percentage of British women are reaching menopause having not had any children. In fact, the figure is 18.9 percent, making the country the fourth ranking in Europe, just behind Italy, Germany and Finland. It has been said that this is probably due to how British women focused so much on their careers, at least until recently. So what would happen was that they would just put off trying to have kids, and then find that it was too late.

Blaming Feminism?

Others point to what feminism did in the 1970s and 1980s but it’s hard to tell for sure. The report focused on women born in 1965 from 24 countries so they would have had to have lived through the 1970s “heyday of feminism,” and started their careers “during the power-suited 1980s,” when it was quite normal for women to put career priorities ahead of “traditional family values.” The French on the other hand, can now have what to be proud of as their childless figure for women at menopause stands at a mere 10 percent. But there again maternity leave benefits are better for the French which definitely facilitates motherhood. And Portugal must be a really child-friendly place to live.

Barren Britain Boasts More

But, for those British women who are not barren by the time they get to menopause, it seems that on average they go for bigger families. Statistics show that they are on the whole having more children than women from other countries, with more than 30 percent of mothers having three or more kids. Nonetheless, the Brits are still leaving it a bit late. A 2010 OECD report shows that on average, British women are giving birth at 30 for the first time.

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