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There -- a growing trend that sparking debate over what it really means to have it all.
As a new study shows fewer Americans are having kids than ever before.
Let's look at some of the numbers there weren't just less than four million births registered in the year for 2011 of the last on -- available.
And that -- marked the lowest fertility rate ever reported in this country.
These days nearly one in five women does not have children it used to be one -- back in the 1970s.
Also important to know that women make up almost half the workforce so what are the implications of all yeah.
-- -- Crowley is a radio talk show host Hairston powers as a columnist for the Daily Beast both are Fox News contributors.
I've been looking forward to this segment all morning ladies I -- hi great to see if this is a really.
Hot topic of debate -- -- -- -- -- time magazine.
Had this sort of controversial cover story which was.
If the child free life is it okay can it be.
Fulfilling and I'm wondering do you agree with the premise of the article that there is a strong motherhood.
-- -- in this country and you're made to feel somehow inadequate or incomplete if you don't have.
Children as a woman.
I don't you know I don't have children and I I think that I've certainly never felt like anybody treats me that way but I I do know that.
That there are some people that feel that way though I I was just maybe it comes more from.
Perhaps our own desire to have kids are not be happy with their choices because most people I know who don't have kids.
And who chose to not have kids -- are very happy people on -- very happy with their decisions.
So you know I I tend to find these kinds of debates a little tedious because I think it sort of gins up a lot of you know angst for people.
Whereas I think most people are pretty happy with the decisions they've made and they don't need other people pointing fingers at them -- but I feel like this is a little bit of baton.
Seed Monica are different experience and cures in -- -- -- this is because I was married.
Not a week went by that people weren't saying are you having kids and haven't hinting trying to had kids.
And not only is that personal it can't -- you feel sort of inadequate if you don't have kids.
Yeah you know -- -- think that there -- something of -- social imperative where it's sort of expected of women to have children and that if you don't then somehow you're an aberration.
And it when you read -- -- those numbers -- it didn't look like those women who choose not to have children or can't have children.
That they still are in the minority but those numbers are growing.
Remember women a woman can be childless for any number of reasons it can be her choice where she chooses to be child rape or she could be experiencing serious infertility issues she could be working she can be focused on her education or maybe just hasn't found the right partner.
And girls we can all relate to that he could get our -- right.
So I think a lot of times you know well I don't have children -- and -- like -- and and I think a lot of -- sometimes you do get those questions which finds.
From a personal -- prospective sometimes I find that really.
I another just trying to be nice and -- tried to ask that's questions about do you think it's in your future.
I -- put its highly personal thing because.
The person asking the question doesn't know what's your personal situation is.
And yet they feel somehow entitled to pry into that area -- literally I mean the question of are you trying I -- a lot of -- know -- personal money now really evokes a lot of information that they don't need to be part of but.
But temperatures in it has a larger societal education obviously -- just the personal story of individual women and that is its birth rate is dropping.
There could be a demographic.
Problem right isn't it younger people that need to support retiring and older.
Well yes I am I -- just like to say I do get those questions and people have always my friends my family I guess I just I I feel like -- they mean well I don't necessarily feel judge I think I think for people have kids and sometimes not understandable but you know I'm not obsessed with that would -- I think that they they war until they had their kids.
In terms of the that the implications for the country.
Yes I agree that there are implications -- that as an argument for having immigrants and having a lot of immigrants coming into the country to help.
With the with our population so I think there are other ways to address it and I don't think a way to address it is for people who.
Don't want to have children to have children there are lots of people unfortunately who do have kids.
Who maybe shouldn't have had kids and who will even tell you that so I don't think we should get -- situation war pressuring people are making people feel guilty.
For not having children.
Monica -- your thoughts on the yeah you know I agree my college roommate I overheard her talking to somebody else to another woman who wasn't sure whether or not she wanted kids and my college roommate -- -- And she said look I love my kids but unless you want this 100 in 10%.
Don't do it don't do it if you only want it for a 95%.
If you're even largely on -- don't do it.
Because of all of the implications.
For your life and I think a lot of women now are making those judgments where -- in the past they they didn't feel comfortable making them.
-- posting in the macroeconomic.
Spirit that you're talking about -- -- -- it does have some serious ramifications -- -- -- throughout Western -- I'll bring you get is shrinking consumer base you -- shrinking tax base because of population is contracting a little bit.
So we'll we'll wait to see how that plays out did teachers did you think that this is recession related and that -- that we are out of our economic woes of people go back to heaven or kids or do you think it and it would turn a corner for women and families -- you can feel more fulfilled without having.
To have to have children.
I think it's about I think it is partly that you can do that and and and and it's considered okay.
And I think it's also partly the fact that it's economic that most people are two parent families and you know it's hard to have more than a couple kids frankly I think it's I mean to me it seems I'm in an attempt on anyone has even one child and a full time job but.
There are so many people doing both of those things and you know it's just not the way used to be I grew up you know I want -- Catholic high school my two best friends both came from families of nine kids and now that wasn't really that unusual today that is actually pretty unusual on Venus I think.
But you know most of my friends' parents were also had you know the mother stayed home so it's a very different thing I -- I think there's a lot of different dynamics.
And also -- I just want to point out that we're having this conversation solely about women you know this is sort of the -- debate that the onus is always on women can and you have -- all well yes I think you can probably half of -- maybe not all at one time -- on -- once but she -- but the question -- -- -- to men.
-- prolong the lives and they get married they have kids but the onus is always on the what you are so right we are always looking for Jennifer Aniston's baby bump and never for George Clooney's.
And that is asking that the search front blame Hollywood for all this up -- -- -- -- and cheers and thanks so much from the debate evening and thanks valley.
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