The numbers are from factfinder.census.gov, and I will probably put together a different one to show number of kids, which is nearly the same, while the number of women in either category slightly favors high school dropouts due to demographic lag. In short, PhD moms have more children per woman and we also now have about as many giving birth in a given year as women who don’t finish high school.
I think so. This is basically a link dump, though. Stimulant refers to adderall and other strong prescription-needed stimulant drugs, so not coffee or nicotine.
This is the usual glorious TLDR; from Scott Alexander. Steve Sailer picked it up and discussed it here, and if you even glance at the comments you’ll see a bunch of his readers use stimulants, previously used stimulants or are frothingly envious of people who have access to stimulants.
As to how this relates to American motherhood, since we’re closing in on 60% of births to women with a BA or higher, you have the largest historical group ever on an annual basis of women who came out of the hothouse high-performance, heavy-stimulant using college environments and decided to go for marriage and kids. So they are bringing in expectations of how to “be productive” that are influenced by heavy stimulant abuse, even if they didn’t mess with that stuff themselves or don’t know anyone who did.
It also explains some of the extraordinary cultural callousness around sleep deprivation, as well. It’s not just that being sleep deprived yourself makes you cold to other women experiencing it. It’s that the entire media culture is full of stimulant abusers who don’t think about the fact that nursing and pregnant women can’t possibly solve their sleep issues the way the stimulant users do.
The selection bias of women who come up in those high-performance environments but end up starting families anyway and trying to make it all work without those little helpers (and without cultural support to “trade across” with actual domestic support) is worth exploring, rather than continuing to assert that women are delaying marriage and childbearing to be scandalous cat ladies.
The money doesn’t go to the parents, though. But it’s the main path to the married class. A fundamental error is the view that college is a net financial loss for middle class women. But this dismisses the reality that the college “bride price” is how those women display their marriageability and secure marriage to a man who can lead them into firm footing in the married class. The fringe notion that college is for harlotry is nearly the opposite of the reality that’s led to a supermajority of children being born to college-educated mothers and a majority being born to college-completing mothers (BA and beyond).
Women were taking 40% of the BAs in 1970. Those women’s daughters have come to completely dominate married motherhood, so of course college for girls Just Makes Sense. When your daughter is going to marry a guy who’s already graduated a couple years earlier and who’s already making 70k while she’s walking into 40k starting, suddenly the 15k or 25k in student loans doesn’t seem like such a big deal.