Time to send some holiday love to my Latina NotMom sisters – Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15. With more than 50 million people, Hispanics are America’s largest minority group. Several Latin American countries mark the anniversary of their independence on 9/15, including Mexico and Chile. Columbus Day (Dia de la Raza) also falls within this 30-day period.
Using age 44 to mark an average end of childbearing, the most recent Pew data (2010) shows that 20.6% of white women in the U.S. were childless, compared with 17.2% of black women, 15.9% of Asian women and 12.4% of Hispanic women.
If it’s true that Latinas are more likely to have children than the rest of us, my thoughts fly to Latinas without kids who may be living that “square peg/round hole” life…in Spanish.
Over recent weeks, I’ve met three Latinas who happily chose against having their own children. They hinted at stresses laid on by relatives, but their lives were actually full of children — nieces and nephews and cousins. For all the hubbub about childfree women changing America, these women are impacting two cultures at the same time, and it ain’t always easy. As for Latinas childless by chance, that’s not an easy road for anyone, is it?
Your local PBS station is airing a 6-part series this month, Latino Americans. They say it’s the first major TV documentary about this growing community, and their contributions to the country. I hope there’s fair representation for the women, Moms and NotMoms alike. They deserve it.