Statistics reveal that young women who have a child tend to be six times as likely towards economic inactivity than their child-free counterparts
A recent study has revealed that young women in the UK with children who have pursued a higher education and have acquired qualifications tend to be out of work just like young men with no qualifications.
The study determined that motherhood affects the career prospects of the average woman to a greater degree than her education level. The report stated that degrees and similar qualifications “don’t outweigh” the fact of being female.
Although previous studies have generally shown that the higher a person’s educational credentials, the more probable it is that the individual is active in the economy, the effects of possessing a good degree and higher education do not necessarily “counteract” the effects of gender.
The official statistics revealed that over 200,000 women between the ages of 16-24 are classified as being economically inactive, which means they do not work, are not in a training program, and are not being educated.
Many of the women interviewed admit to feeling “trapped” on benefits
However, the report noted that many of the women had a desire to work but did not receive any form of support as they were not calculated in employment statistics.
Several of the young women interviewed by researchers stated that they were unhappy with a life on welfare, and wanted to get out and work.
Many of the young mothers described being “forced” out of their jobs due to their pregnancy or child-rearing obligations and going on welfare because they had no other choice.
One of the researchers stated that these statistics revealed serious flaws with the system, which appeared to consider the young mothers as problematic instead of giving them credit for their abilities, education, and resilience.