One of the most obvious solutions to our declining birth rate is to simply pay women to have children. Cash for kids. It makes perfect sense.
But the problem with this scheme is that it is also glaringly obvious we don’t want all women to have children, and we certainly are not going to pay cash money for all women to have children. We want the best women to have children, and we should be prepared to pay for that.
But who gets to decide which women are the best, and what happens to the women who don’t make the grade?
Let’s deal with the first issue: who decides which are the best women? There are a couple of worthy questions bound up in this one central idea. What is the criteria for any individual woman to be declared the best? How much money will we be willing to pay? For how long? Who pays? How do we fund this program?
The solution for who decides is of course women themselves decide.
My proxy is quite straightforward: diverse bodies who have educational achievement. The absolute bare minimum for being paid to have children would be a high school diploma, and that is the absolute bottom rung of the ladder. You will get paid whatever the minimum wage is in your jurisdiction. A bachelor’s degree in any of the social sciences, arts or humanities would earn you slightly more than a high school diploma, but not much more, which is reflected by the reality of the labor market, as well. But STEM degrees? Master’s Degrees? Doctorates? Professional degrees like accounting, medicine or law?
As a society, we are better off in both the short and the long run, to take these intelligent, accomplished BIPOC women and pay them to stay home and have children. As many as possible.
Pay them what? The market rate for whatever educational attainment they have acquired. Not complicated.
For how long? For as long as they are raising their own children, whether they spend six weeks with the child, or six years.
The reality is that the overwhelming majority of women would prefer to be at home with their children if they could afford to do so, and the majority of women have fewer children than they would like.
84% of working women told ForbesWoman and TheBump that staying home to raise children is a financial luxury they aspire to.
High school drop outs are not prevented from having children. White women likewise are free to have as many children as they want. And no one will force Black women neurologists to have children.
All groups are free to choose as they wish, as it should be. And once the child-bearing years are over, society is left with a growing population of children from intelligent, accomplished women of color — and the intelligent, accomplished woman herself! She can contribute to the marketplace after she has contributed to the society at large by producing intelligent, diverse citizens to safe guard the future for everyone.
And for women who don’t want to have children? That’s fine. Don’t have children. Everything about this scheme is voluntary.
Everyone is free to have (or not have) the exact number of children they wish, and everyone is rewarded for their educational attainments.
Oh, wait a minute. No. Everyone is not free to decide this.
Only women are.
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