As more women opt for the childfree lifestyle, procreation has transformed from an inevitable outcome of adulthood to a one of many options that do not involve children. Here are 8 famous childfree women with excellent responses to their choice to opt out of motherhood:
“No, I’ve never regretted it. I’m so compulsive about stuff. I know that if I had ever gotten pregnant, of course, that would’ve been my whole focus. But I didn’t choose to have children because I’m focused on my career and I don’t think as compulsive as I am that I could manage both.” CBS News, May 2011.
“I don’t like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women—that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated. I don’t think it’s fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t mothering—dogs, friends, friends’ children.” Allure Magazine, December 2014.
“[Motherhood] was not my destiny. I kept thinking it would be, waiting for it to happen, but it never did, and I didn’t care what people thought.” Vogue Magazine via The Telegraph, February 2013.
“I’d be one of those people that the kid’s coming and saying, ‘Mom, you’ve neglected me.’… So I have no regrets about that. I have none … not one regret about not having children because I believe that … it is the way it’s supposed to be.” ABC News, December 2010.
“I don’t think I’d be a great mother. I’m a great aunt or friend of a mother. I don’t want to have a kid and have it raised by a nanny, and I don’t have the time to raise a child.” Amanda de Cadenet interview, April 2013.
“In a community center in India once, somebody said, ‘aren’t you sorry you don’t have children?’ And I thought if I answer truthfully, I will lose them, because it was a very different culture and a different place. And then I thought what’s the point of not answering truthfully? So I told them the truth — I said not for a millisecond.” Huffington Post, February 2014.
“I do not want children. When I see children, I feel nothing. I have no maternal instinct. I am barren. I ovulate sand.” Marie Claire, August 2010.
“The question of having children was a huge one in my life-my first marriage fell apart largely, though not entirely, because of this question-and I have chosen to remain childless, which is a decision that reflects my own life, my own desires, my own destiny.” ElizabethGilbert.com.