for your note to FEMINIST.COM.
The best information I have
about women postponing having
children or not having children--is
personal examples. For instance,
most of my friends and colleagues
are hovering around the 30 year
mark--and most of us are childless.
However, I would estimate that
at least half of us will have
children sometime in the next
five years, others know that
parenting isn't something that
fits with their personality.
One advantage of feminism--is
that women can now choose not
to have children and not be
condemned for making that choice.
To find more specific information
about temporary or permanently
childless women, I suggest you
look at some recent books such
as The Girls' Guide To Hunting and Fishing, The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order, Bridget Jones's Diary and there was another book that came out recently
about remaining single. I think
that these books--which primarily
explore "singlehood"--also touch
on the notion of choosing to
remain childless. There are
also two books which address
this more specifically--The Myths of Motherhood: How Culture Reinvents the Good Mother, by Shari
L. Thurer and Without Child: Challenging The Stigma of Childlessness by Laurie Lisle.
I hope those suggestions help,
but as I said in the beginning,
I think that personal examples
are the most illustrative, so
ask around. Enjoy the conversations
that are sure to grow out of
this asking and this researching