MSNBC reports on a new study by Yale researchers Natalie Nitsche and Hannah Brueckner show that high-achieving Black women are less likely to marry and have children compared to their white female counterparts. Key findings in the study are:
- Among black women with postgraduate educations born between 1956 and 1960, the median age at which they gave birth for the first time was 34 years old. This was about the same as it was for white women in the same demographic.
- Once white women reached their 30s, many more of them did give birth, often more than once. Many black women did not.
- The rate of childlessness among this group of black women rose from 30 percent for those born between 1950 and 1955, to 45 percent for those born between 1956 and 1960.
- For highly educated black women born between 1961 and 1970, 38 percent have remained childless.