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June 4, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(23):1498-1499. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490680038013

An interesting article on childbearing among collegebred women is contributed to a current magazine2 by one who claims to be a college woman herself and intimately acquainted with the views of college women and with their conditions. Recent discussions with regard to the decreasing number of children in native American families has brought out the fact that the group of college graduates has a lower birth rate in proportion to number than any other selected group of women. Statistics in Massachusetts, at least, seem to show that the average number of children of a college-educated wife is less than two; to be exact, just 1.8 children on the average are born to each such mother. As a large proportion of college women—in the eastern states considerably more than 50 per cent.—do not marry, it is easy to understand that the race of college women would soon die out unless

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