If the white Christian patriarchy, as represented by Skip Hellewell in your paper, would like to see American women having more babies, may I suggest he support gender pay equity, mandatory paid maternal leave, and state-supported childcare?
American women are having fewer babies because it is too expensive, and the burden of caring for them falls mainly on the mothers. Women do 65-85 percent of unpaid labor in a relationship and 95 percent of the cognitive work.
We make birthdays and holidays happen, soccer games and orthodontic appointments happen while being primarily responsible for housework and food prep. American society clearly does not value mothers’ contributions. We clearly don’t value children, either.
And lastly, climate change has made many young people of both sexes reluctant to bring children into a world where the future is so fraught.
Eva Segovia, Laguna Beach