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Mike Pence and his ilk might not approve, but I think this is an awesome development: There’s a sharp increase in the number of moms in their 40s, particularly among those with advanced degrees and those who are single.

I’m talking about you, women in Big Law.

If you’ve been too busy with work to find Mr. Right and start a family, don’t fret that the baby train has passed you by. According to Pew Research Center, motherhood is no longer a younger woman’s game. While women are having kids later overall, Pew also finds that “the most dramatic increase in motherhood has occurred among the relatively small group of women in their early 40s with a Ph.D. or professional degree.” Now, 80 percent of those women are mothers, compared with just 65 percent in 1994.

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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