"I always quietly hired child-free women. Childfree women in my experience are more mature. They work harder and more effiiciently. If they work overtime, it's because the project calls for it, not because they used their contracted employment time badly.
"Child free women are better at dealing with and functioning within adult culture. They don't get sick as often. They are less arrogant/sure that they are right and everyone else is wrong. They are less likely to "talk down" to others. They aren't constantly demanding that others change their schedules at their whim. They are more settled in their personal and private lives (the married ones tend to have stellar marriages/partnerships based on egalitarian principles and solid boundaries). They don't tend to pollute the workplace with romantic dramas. When they take time off for personal matters (a parent with Alzheimer's, a friend dying of cancer), they're usually catching up on work in the evenings, or during their sleepless hours, because their work is, for them, a source of creative energy. They do not assume that their employer owes them anything."
Wow. Isn't hiring only child-free women discrimination or something? And yet, this is exactly the mentality that I was educated with in high-school/college. That women with kids screwed up somehow, were less mature, were just big pains in the ass bringing in more needless whelps onto the planet and screwing up the ecosystem. As the commenter goes on to say:
"Hard working child free women STILL manage to come out on top wagewise. All the while being sneered at because they're not doing the thing they were SUPPOSED to be doing--adding more humans to the planet, rather than making the planet a better place to be.""Adding more humans to the planet" in this scenario is definitely not seen as "making the planet a better place to be." But imagine if it was seen that way.