MAKERS Open Up About Why They Don't Have Kids
No matter how much progress is made toward achieving gender equality, the pressure and expectation for women to want and have children is ongoing.
In fact — as MAKER Zooey Deschanel so perfectly points out — the question of whether or not someone sees children in their future is one interviewers most often target toward women. And despite the sexist undertones that come along with the question, interviewers proceed to ask it.
While some choose not to answer, and others are unsure how to, some of our very own MAKERS have confronted it and answered it with ease. Because there is no shame in not wanting or choosing not to have children.
Click through the gallery above to read a few of our favorite responses from our MAKERS to the classic, "Do you see children in your future?" question.
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"I won't have kids [laughs] but I may still get married. But I would have lived a very fulfilled life if I had gotten married and had kids, too. But I'm very religious and I at some very deep level believe that things are going to work out as they're supposed to. The key is to be open to that and to appreciate the life that you've been given." —Condoleezza Rice, Ladies’ Home Journal, October 2010 Photo Credit: Rob Kim/Getty Images
"I'm completely happy not having children. I mean, everybody does not have to live in the same way. And as somebody said, 'Everybody with a womb doesn't have to have a child any more than everybody with vocal cords has to be an opera singer.'" —Gloria Steinem, "Chelsea Lately," October 2011 Photo Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Ms. Foundation For Women
"I don't have children, and I am not sure if I have wanted them or never wanted them. It's weird not to be able to decide. I don't know if I could stand that kind of commitment, or if I am really honest, I don't think that I could handle being that vulnerable to someone else." —Margaret Cho, September 2012 Photo Credit: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for Logo
"It 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 … It was only boring old men [who would ask me]. And whenever they went, 'What? No children? Well, you'd better get on with it, old girl,' I'd say 'No! F*** off!'" —Helen Mirren, British Vogue, February 2013 Photo Credit: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images
"Honestly, we'd probably be great parents. But it's a human being, and unless you think you have excellent skills and have a drive or yearning in you to do that, the amount of work that that is and responsibility — I wouldn't want to screw them up! We love our animals." —Ellen DeGeneres, People, March 2013 Photo Credit: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images
"I definitely don't want to have kids ... 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 spend that kind of time. I don't want to have a kid and have it raised by a nanny. I don't have time to raise a child." —Chelsea Handler, "The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet," April 2013 Photo Credit: Monica Schipper/WireImage
"If I had kids, my kids would hate me ... They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah Show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would've probably been them." —Oprah Winfrey, The Hollywood Reporter, December 2013 Photo Credit: Walter McBride/WireImage