Is There a Fertility Class Divide in America?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kids pass off the baton Relay racing is one of three activities 5th graders at PS107 participate in during gym class (Kateri Jochum/WNYC)

The world's population is set to reach seven billion on Monday, October 31, 2011. And all this week, The Takeaway is talking about what this monumental number means for people, resources and the planet. Statistics in the U.S. show that the average American woman has 2.1 children. With these numbers the population balance should looks good for the U.S. But a new book shows that this is not the case.

Sharon Lerner is the author of "The War on Moms: On Life in a Family Unfriendly Nation" and senior fellow at Demos. She talks about the increasing fertility class divide in America.

Guests:

Sharon Lerner

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [5]

Rex Blazer from Delray Beach, FL

I’m disappointed in your complete omission of the overarching environmental constraints on issues of human population quantity and quality. You should have a Paul Erlich-type on your show to properly frame this issue. In listening to your last two shows on the issue, you seem to promote “more is better” – which just doesn’t stand up to rational scrutiny.

Oct. 27 2011 04:17 PM
Becki from MA

I appreciated this story, especially Sharon's argument that the U.S. should have more family-friendly policies such as paid maternity leave, as places like Germany and Canada do. The way our economy is set up where you can't afford to live on one income, yet you you don't get paid maternity leave and daycare costs nearly as much as my salary, makes it nearly impossible to afford having kids.

Oct. 27 2011 11:04 AM
Ariadne from New York

There are far TOO many people in this world...I feel we actually need to find ways to curb human population growth, not augment it, before we entirely deplete the resources of this planet and destroy the habitats and lives of all the other organisms with whom we share it. The speciesist idea of human supremacy over all other living things needs to be radically revised.

Oct. 27 2011 08:29 AM
Ariadne from New York

There are far TOO many people in this world...I feel we actually need to find ways to curb human population growth, not augment it, before we entirely deplete the resources of this planet and destroy the habitats and lives of all the other organisms with whom we share it. The speciesist idea of human supremacy over all other living things needs to be radically revised.

Oct. 27 2011 08:29 AM
Ed from Larchmont

This has become indeed a family unfriendly nation, and now we're trying to make marriage outdated. The strengthening of the family is our only hope.

Oct. 27 2011 08:25 AM

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