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May 5, 2012

Gateway Women

If you take a moment to think about it, there have probably never been so many educated, liberated women without children in their 40s and 50s alive at one time before.

Let that sink in for a moment… In the past, most of us would have been either bringing up children or already dead from childbirth. And of those women who were childless (mostly by chance but a small percentage by choice) very few of them would have had the social, economic or political power to take advantage of their freedom from child-rearing.

1 in 5 women in the UK and USA is now reaching their mid-forties without having children. Some of them by choice, many of them by chance. This is double what it was a generation ago.

This cohort of women is diverse in other ways, but many of us are liberated and thoughtful about what shape the rest of…

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