Getting married and having kids was once considered a necessity for every woman, but the last few years have shown shifting trends surrounding settling down and having children. Data out of Pew Research Center found that the number of women choosing to forgo having children has doubled since the 1970s. And if we're choosing marriage at all these days, we're getting married later than ever: Recent census data shows that the average age to get married is now 27 for women and 29 for men, and that age creeps up in urban areas.
One obvious reason for the decline in decisions to get married and have kids has to do with an economy that doesn't exactly make raising children look like a viable option for millennials. "I can’t even imagine paying for a wedding right now," a 26-year-old woman with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt said in a Washington Post article.
But the decision to not have kids is more nuanced than just surviving a tough economy, so we decided to reach out to real millennial women to find out exactly why they don't want kids. Here's what they had to say.