Response to Round 8 and 9 Prompt 1


Raising the quality of life of women causes them to have fewer children for a variety of reasons. The first is that there is no reason to continue to have children as investment goods. Usually, no matter how poor a family may be, two children are desired and any more after that are expected to contribute to the family by working and taking care of elders. The second reason is that women are in schools and building their careers during most of the reproductive years. Only after these women have jobs or finish their education, will they decide that it is time to start a family. I do not subscribe to feminism being the solution to over-population. The end of sexism and the equal treatment of people is not the only motivators of women to pursue an education and therefore have fewer children. I strongly believe that economic opportunity and personal desire for monetary success does more than the idea of feminism to decrease the number of children born in developing nations. I do understand though, that feminism is the vehicle to open doors for women to education and jobs. Thus, overall both the combination of equality and the increased standard of living contribute to lower birth rates. China’s one child policy program is an economic issue as well as a feminist issue. The fact that the one child rule highly favored boys over girls, is proving to be destructive for the Chinese society overall. What it meant for women to be forced into abandoning children especially females, is a clear infringement of women’s rights. However, now the Chinese government and society are making the best possible decisions for its future, for men and women.


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