Mothers are timeless teachers in the classroom of life. Women, especially mothers, are the most influential educators. It has been believed that motherhood has been significant for centuries and has been practiced for centuries to raise huge civilizations.

However, this tradition does not continue nowadays as some women choose to be ‘’child-free,’’ while others may face issues regarding fertility.

A Business Insider article shows that some women refuse to have children because it does not seem fun for anyone and that the household chores women still bear the burn of modern-day society and the emotional labor of managing a family is just as off-putting.

“I can’t imagine doing that and raising children while maintaining some sense of self,” added a surveyee.

Additionally, according to National Center for Biotechnology Information’s study, approximately 70-80 million couples worldwide are infertile and estimated tens of millions of couples are primarily barren or childless.

This Real Research debate launched a survey on emotional stress married and childless women face in society to seek opinions on the reason why people delay or decide against having children.

Why Some Women Say No to Children

According to the latest survey on the emotional stress married, and childless women face in society, it was clear that most respondents state that physical or mental unpreparedness is why many may delay or decide against having children.

  • Two in ten (26.49%) state “physical or mental unpreparedness.”
  • Nearly 40% (40.05%) say that a family without children is happier.
  • 12.33% point out financial stability as a reason to decide against children.

Not Physically and Mental Ready for Having Children

In examining the above question in detail, two in ten say that some might be physically and mentally unprepared for children. 10.60% of respondents point out childcare expenses and demand, compared to 11.10% say that it is their personal choice.

Figure 1: Physical and mental unpreparedness is the major reason

Are Couples Actually Happy Without Children?

The following survey highlights if couples are happy without children in their lives. Responses are as shown below:

40.05% were highly optimistic, 19.25% were somewhat positive, while 28.28% remained uncertain, compared to 7.85% somewhat disagree and 4.56% strongly disagree.

Similarly, a counterquestion asks if a family with children is happier than a family without children. Following are the results:

62.05% of respondents agreed with this statement, compared to 11.88% disagree, while 26.07% remained uncertain.

Why Some Women Plan To Delay Family Practices

In former times, married women planned their families first and careers later; now the tables have turned, and women plan it the opposite way – choosing to delay their family planning practices.

Increased women's rights lead to changes in family tradition
Figure 2: Increased women’s rights lead to changes in family tradition.

The Real Research survey shows that 17.68% of respondents point out that as women become irresponsible, they tend to alter their family traditions.

In this survey, a high volume of respondents says that women are gaining more rights resulting in more freedom, and they can do whatever they please.

Additionally, 14.07% say that women prefer focusing more on themselves and prioritizing work and money over raising a family.

Does Societal Pressure Lead To Sudden Conclusions?

The survey on emotional stress married and childless women face in society responses record that 68.27% of respondents are experiencing societal pressure currently, compared to 10.36% saying the contrary.

Accordingly, the survey highlights the fact that although a growing number of women choose not to have children and follow their own rights, 53.08% experienced societal pressure to get married, and 19.62% experienced societal pressure to have children.

Whereas nearly 8% experienced other societal pressures, and 9.75% stated none.

The following survey tested respondents’ awareness of the following question:

“Are you aware that women who marry usually face the societal pressure of bearing and raising children to expand the family lineage.”

Results showed that 55.23% of the respondents said they were currently experiencing pressure, and 16.34% said they were forced to get pregnant right after marriage.

On the bright side, 3.8% said that they were aware but weren’t brought up to follow this practice, followed by 4.25% who said no but knew people who experienced it. Lastly, another set of respondents (4.25%) have never heard of it.

Men and Women Share the Same Societal Pressure

When addressing the challenges for men when it comes to encountering societal pressures, the emotional stress married and childless women face in society survey shows that nearly 42% state family pressure. 15.24% stated judged as a philanderer or characterless, and some (20.15%) were considered infertile.

Figure 3: Both genders share three characteristics in common

Accordingly, societal pressure on females (49.27%) and males share three things in common – family pressure, being considered sterile, and being characterless.

Additionally, 20.54% state that they are judged for not following traditional practices, and 6.66% say they feel mental stress.


Survey TitleSurvey on Emotional Stress Married and Childless Women Face in Society
DurationOctober 25 – November 01, 2022
Number of Participants30,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.