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The Dilemma for Young Women

The typical modern life of a young woman has many more options than previous generations. Some of these options are sometimes sacrifices as you will find out in a moment.

First, an average woman graduates high school at about 18 years of age. She then chooses to attend college for at least 4 years. If she goes to a post-graduate school for a master or doctorate degree, then she could easily spend another 2 to 6 years more in school. Therefore, she finishes her education between the ages of 22 and 28. As a result, an average woman spends her most fertile years in school earning little or no income and therefore unable or unwilling to start a family.

At this point in her life, she feels obligated to enter the workforce to justify her education and possibly to pay off her education, thus again delaying having children. Only after several years in her chosen career, do most women start to feel the desire to have children. At this point in time, these woman are about 30 years of age. It is a common joke that once a childless woman turns 30 years old , she can start to hear her biological clock ticking and will marry almost any man. While this may be a joke, it probably has some truth in it. Unfortunately during the 30s for most women, their ability to have children starts to decrease considerably.

As a result of their decisions to go to college and have a career, women are also choosing not to have children in their younger years when they are more likely able to have children. Thus, either decreasing the number of children that they would have had or not having any children at all. However, women are more able to afford children later in life. And if they do have children, some women either choose to temporary leave their careers or try to balance both a career and family life. Both of these decisions are not easy for mothers.

On the other side, even employers suffer too. Employers know that hiring a young woman may not be equal to hiring a young man. First, if she already has a family, then her priorities are primarily her family first. Family men are more willing and able to work longer and more hours. Second, if she gets pregnant, then employers known that they will at least temporarily lose an employee. Third, if she starts a family, then she will either quit or work less hours. While this consideration may not be fair when interviewing young women, it is a fact of life that can not be avoided.

In conclusion, the professional life that some young women choose can and will have a bigger impact on their lives than they may realize at first.

by Phil for Humanity
on 04/05/2008

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