The proportion of women who never have children has doubled in a generation, ONS figures show.
The official figures show that of women born in 1946, just 9 per cent were still childless at 45 – the age the ONS defines as the end of childbearing years.
Statisticians said women were less likely to be married and more likely to be putting off having children until they could no longer have them.
Of those born in 1971, 18 per cent were childless in 2016, when they turned 45. Almost half of women who turned 30 in 2016 did not have any children, up from a low of just 18 per cent in 1976.
Not something I know, not something I could even find the figures on. But rolling around in the back of memory is the idea that historically some 80% of women had children, only some 40% of men.
If true (anyone?) then this would make those post-war years the anomaly, not the present day…..