We're told by our culture that a woman who is unmarried and has no children is empowered and in charge of her own life. She has escaped the unnecessary burden of raising a family and being a slave to her husband. At least, that's what our society has convinced us. Sadly, many women have adopted the modern feminist lifestyle and have chosen to sleep around, abort their baby if they unexpectedly get pregnant, and swear off marriage. But these cultural trends are going to have a tremendous impact on the future of American society. Morgan Stanley estimates that 45% of women in their "prime working years" (ages 25 to 44) will be single and childless by the time 2030 arrives.
45% of Women Are Expected To Be Single and Childless by 2030, Per Recent Projection
In 2019, Morgan Stanley published an article outlining women's impact on the American economy. The number of "prime working-age women" in the U.S. has been increasing steadily, and most of them are single and completely focused on their career. These women will continue to have a greater representation in the workforce, helping to boost wages.
Economist Ellen Zentner explained, “In the past, education or lower-paying occupational choices largely drove the pay gap. Today, motherhood is by far the largest contributor to the wage gap, since women who become mothers often choose to stop working or work fewer hours."
But it looks like there will be fewer and fewer mothers over the next couple of decades as women choose to commit themselves to work rather than start a family. The number of single women in the U.S. is expected to increase 1.2% every year from 2018 to 2030, compared to a 0.8% increase for the overall population. This is likely going to result in 45% of women between the ages of 25 and 44 who will be single and childless by 2030. This is an increase from 41% of women in that age group being single and childless in 2018.
“These shifting lifestyle norms are enabling more women, with or without children, to work full time, which should continue to raise the labor force participation rate among single females,” Zentner says.
Single women spend more than the average family household, especially when it comes to travel, nightlife, eating out, skincare and beauty, retail shopping, etc. So of course economists will attempt to frame it in a positive light that nearly half of women are single and childless. It can only be good for the economy.
However, few are considering the negative impact this will have on greater society. The birth replacement rate is already trending below replacement, and surveys show that women who are unmarried and childless tend to struggle more with mental illness and feelings of self-confidence. Single, childless women may be buying more things at the mall and traveling to various American cities, but at what cost in the long run? The bedrock of any healthy society is the nuclear family, and it's sad to think that we will see fewer and fewer families in the future—which of course means fewer children and happily married couples. Meanwhile, young women in their "prime working years" devote themselves to a career and a boss who doesn't truly care about them, have promiscuous sex that has a negative impact on their mental health, and miss out on the true, lifelong fulfillment that comes with being a wife and mother.