By Karen Malone Wright
Google Alerts delivered this May 2015 headline to my inbox from Black Enterprise:
“More Educated Black Women Going Childless”
This, I thought, is a Big Deal. I clicked the link.
I read the story several times; but much of it seemed to stem from a widely quoted 2010 study by Pew Research Center showing that U.S. rates of childlessness rose more for nonwhites than whites from 1994 to 2008.
More recently, the Urban Institute has revealed that America’s historic decline in births from 2007 to 2012 among women in their 20s was largest among Hispanic women, followed by black women and lastly, white women.
The headline at Black Enterprise.com was correct, but the text needed refreshing. That said, BE writer Brittany Dandy asked a very pertinent question:
“With several issues affecting black women’s financial stability in the US, putting them at risk of poverty during retirement, at a loss, while combating the burden of the wealth gap, and unfair wage issues, the question arises, are educated black women straying away from childbearing, simply making an educated decision that better fits their lifestyles?”