Some feminist authors spark controversy without even trying. That can be said of Tanya Selvaratnum. Even the title of her book, The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock, invites debate.
In her book, she describes her personal experiences as well as presenting the thoughts and experiences of others, on the subject of delaying motherhood.
In 2013, it made front-page headlines when the average age of a new mother in Britain reached 30 for the first time. Similarly, the average age at which a woman had her first child in the United States reached 26 in 2013, compared to age 21 in 1970.
She describes her goals for her book as well as for her life, she says
“One lie, or myth, to be more precise, is that there is work/life balance. I believe true balance might be unattainable, but we can achieve moments of it.”
The book is full of valuable information that enable women to make smarter choices about their reproductive futures and to strike a more realistic balance between science, society and personal goals.