Research shows that a record two-thirds of new mums in the US are college-educated, indicating a decades-long rise in the educational levels of women. In 2011, 34% of mothers had a high school diploma or less, and only 14% lacked a high school diploma.
I think that this is great news. It might be unpaid, but motherhood has got to be amongst the most important of jobs (if not the most important, in my opinion). And what this research indicates is that more educated women are making the choice to have kids.
I hear a lot of people lamenting women who get a degree and then become stay-at-home mums, saying that this decision is a waste of an education. I (massively) beg to differ. Why shouldn’t women who are intelligent use their brains to raise the next generation of thinkers and leaders? Should they only lend their brains to other activities?
Apart from my humble opinions, experts too have seen many a link between child wellbeing and maternal education levels. Women with a degree under their belts are more likely to be married before having a child, which would mean a more secure environment for child-rearing. Mothers with higher levels of education have a greater chance of delivering a baby at term and have kids with healthy birth weights. On average, the children of educated mothers will develop better cognitive skills and will also have higher academic achievement. Not too shabby at all.
While the kids are benefiting, this does bring up the work-life balance issue for the mums. But considering that educated women seem to be having kids later, it could be at a point in their career where they are prepared to take a break or they have the power to make their schedules more flexible. Overall however, the fact of more educated new mums is definitely a win-win state of affairs.