Here’s the updated chart for US birth rates by age of mother, adding in the recent CDC data for 2013. Click on it for a bigger view. As you can see, rates to women 15-29 continued to decline (though for 25-29
But the two kinds of “women’s work” — the labor done outside the home (for 23 percent less pay than for men), and the bearing and rearing of the citizenry done at home (for nothing) — are entirely interdependent. Failure to pass the PFA will give women yet another reason to have fewer kids.
The sudden closure could mean the end to a long and productive series of conferences and publications on issues related to mothering around the globe. But ARM’s supporters are working to turn things around.