More millennial women are becoming stay-at-home moms. In the US, nearly a million millennials become mothers annually. More women are staying at home than ever in the US.
A Gallup poll shows that more than half of women in the US with children under the age of 18 would prefer to stay at home over going to work. 39 per cent of women without children under the age of 18 said they wanted to be homemakers.
In control of choices
For millennial women, staying at home is a desire. Research shows that stay-at-home moms aren’t more likely to be depressed than working moms unless they wanted to be working
Millennials also want to be in control of their choices and have flexibility. Many are happy with the choice of staying at home.
Pallavi Gupta is married to an American architect based in India, and is happy with her choice of staying at home. She is in her thirties and says there is a lot of stigma around mothers who choose to stay at home. She is a doula in her free time. “I am happy with my choice,” she says firmly.
Thirty-two-year-old Rhea is a fashion designer who has chosen to stay at home after her baby’s birth. She hails from a business family and says that fortunately, financially she is under no constraint. “When the baby is bigger, I am thinking of starting my own fashion label,” she tells SheThePeople.TV.
Even in Bollywood, we see millennials like Mira Kapoor choosing to stay at home. But it has to be noted that these women have the financial wherewithal to choose these options.
However, 28-year-lawyer Mansi is racing to get back to work. She has given birth to a baby girl in November, and is keen to go back to work.
Women prefer flexibility
And we have seen time and time again that women prefer flexibility. With the gig economy picking up, and freelancing becoming a viable option, millennials can earn even while staying at home and taking care of their children.
Let’s just say that for millennials, the old ways of doing things are redundant. They create their own definitions of gender and job roles. We’re all for women exerting their choices as long as they are given the liberty to choose between viable options. It’s all about fulfilment for millennials.