The boss babe is a popular trope that has been popularized through movies, TV shows, and even novels. Many women have grown up thinking that the ultimate success comes from climbing the corporate ladder and becoming one of the highest paid executives at a company. Most romantic comedies over the last 20 years feature high-powered women who are focused on their careers above all else, such as The Devil Wears Prada and every Hallmark-type Christmas movie featuring a big city career woman, and they often have to reconcile a dysfunctional personal life with a burgeoning professional career.
This concept was originally promoted by the feminist movement. Even Gloria Steinem, the iconic feminist activist, once said, “We are becoming the men we wanted to marry.” These women are hyper-independent, committed to their career, and have either sworn off marriage and children entirely or have chosen to delay it indefinitely. This sentiment has only grown over the last several decades, and it has resulted in some concerning predictions.
The increasing number of "prime working-age women" in the U.S. is expected to impact the economy positively, according to a 2019 article by Morgan Stanley. However, projections suggest a trend toward fewer mothers in the coming decades, as more women prioritize their careers over starting families. The number of single women in the U.S. is forecasted to grow by 1.2% annually from 2018 to 2030, outpacing the 0.8% overall population increase. This shift may result in 45% of women aged 25 to 44 being single and childless by 2030, up from 41% in 2018. In other words, nearly half of women between the ages of 25 and 44 will not be mothers by the time 2030 rolls around.
Single women spend more than the average family household, especially on things like eating out, skincare and beauty, retail shopping, travel, and nightlife.
Economists try to frame this as a positive thing, considering the fact that single women spend more than the average family household, especially on things like eating out, skincare and beauty, retail shopping, travel, and nightlife. They like to tell us that it’s a good thing for women to delay motherhood because it means more money will be spent. We know the birth rate is below replacement, and we also know that women who are unmarried and childless tend to struggle more with loneliness, mental illness, and a lack of self-confidence. Sure, these women may buy more makeup and take more vacations, but in the long run, is that really going to fulfill them?
Perhaps the most disturbing part of all this is the fact that corporations that employ many women are now seemingly taking part in promoting this childless agenda. Companies have made it clear that they want women to be single and childless, but they often wrap it all up in a little fake bow of empowerment and compassion.
Corporations Encourage Women To Be Single and Childless
When Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022 and the issue of abortion was left to the states rather than to the federal government, many companies stepped forward to announce that they were providing reimbursement or assistance for women who needed to seek an abortion across state lines. Amazon began offering up to $4,000 in travel expenses annually for medical treatments that included elective abortion if a provider wasn’t available within 100 miles of the employee’s home. Airbnb, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and many other large companies offered travel coverage for female employees who decided to get an abortion. Starbucks even made an announcement that they would expand healthcare coverage for women who were seeking an abortion out of state.
“No matter where you live, or what you believe, we will always ensure you have access to quality healthcare,” the press release read. The rest of the announcement contained various other vaguely compassionate language that patronized women who felt “disheartened or in shock” about the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Many other big brand names followed suit and made public announcements about expanding their healthcare benefits for women who wanted to end the life of their child in the womb. Have any of these companies ever publicly bragged about helping their female employees expand their family? If so, there are hardly any examples that we can recall.
Egg freezing is not nearly as successful as it's made out to be.
Additionally, these companies go above and beyond to help their female employees freeze their eggs. In 2014, Apple proudly started offering egg freezing to its employees. The company even covers the cost of the procedure up to $20,000 and calls it their “fertility benefit program.” Facebook offers the same benefit. Google covers the cost of egg freezing up to $75,000 per employee. In 2019, Spotify followed suit and covered up to $10,000 in egg freezing costs per employee. Starbucks, Walmart, Vanguard, and Microsoft (among other companies) offer similar benefits. More than one out of every ten companies cover the procedure now.
Egg freezing is not nearly as successful as women are made to believe, though. One study found that 90% of women thought egg freezing would be successful for women over 30 and result in having children, but a 15-year study found that only 39% of women ended up with live births after egg freezing. It’s impossible to really know how successful egg freezing might be for each woman, but more and more women are coming to understand that it’s not really the miracle procedure they believed it might be. So why are all of these companies going above and beyond to support their female employees to go through with it?
Childless Women Are More Useful to Corporations
Abortion and egg freezing are some of the most effective ways to either delay motherhood or eliminate the possibility altogether for women. Corporations will never admit this to their employees, let alone publicly, but they are incentivized to create a culture of female employees who aren’t mothers. It means that they are more devoted employees who are fully committed to their job, won’t ask for maternity leave, and don’t pose a risk of either quitting to prioritize family or at least reduce to part-time. Women are statistically much more likely to leave the workforce after they become mothers, and this simply isn’t beneficial to the corporations that hire large numbers of women.
These companies make it seem like they are offering compassionate healthcare for women, and that’s the same exact strategy that the left uses consistently. They use fake compassion to promote harmful agendas, including body positivity, transgenderism, and critical race theory. But all of these ideologies end up enabling unhealthy behaviors or convincing people to believe complete lies. That’s exactly what these companies are doing when they offer their female employees all sorts of “benefits” that will leave them childless.
Imagine the world we’d live in if companies incentivized family and supported their employees through the changing seasons of motherhood instead. Nobody is saying that every single woman in the workforce needs to get married and have children, but the truth is that most women would be much happier and more fulfilled in the long run if they welcomed that possibility. Unfortunately, many of them believe that they can delay motherhood as long as they wish, until one day, they turn 36 years old and realize that getting pregnant isn't nearly as simple as they thought it would be. How will these "compassionate" corporations help them then?
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