Study: Having Children at Younger Ages Hinders Women’s Educational Achievement

A study of over 26,000 Norwegian women in 1964 between ages 17-39 found that “women who had children early – by their mid-20s – were much less likely to continue their education beyond the required first two years of high school,” reported Time Magazine’s health blog, and “They were also less likely to achieve a higher degree later in life than women who delayed childbearing until they finished their education.”
The lead researcher told Time: “It seems to be fertility that gets in the way of education. If the opposite were true, we would not have seen that women who put off childbearing had so much more education than the women who bore children early.” (July 2011)