Kirstie Allsopp defends family planning suggestion

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 June 2014
Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp stands by her comments that women should think about having children first and then focus on their education and careers

Kirstie Allsopp has defended her recent suggestion that women should favour family over education.

The 'Location, Location, Location' presenter appeared to suggest that women should aspire to have children in their twenties instead of going to university during an interview with The Daily Telegraph newspaper which caused much outrage among the British public.

The property guru insists she meant there will be time for women to focus on climbing up the career ladder later on in life when their "limited fertility window" has ended.

She explained during an interview with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV show 'This Morning': "The debate I was having was, let's talk about and be aware of our limited fertility window ... We live much longer now and it's very hard to do everything you need to do within your fertility window and this is the issue, and something that is not spoken about that honestly."

Kirstie scoffed at allegations she isn't a feminist and definitely believes in gender equality.

She added: "It's important that women achieve equality and that we have good jobs and independence, so the fact that we are limited in when we can have children is something that we don't talk about openly. What I was saying is, is university, career, baby, in that order always the right way?

"Lots of people don't want children, and lots of people don't know in their twenties what they want, but for those people who know young that they would really like children and don't want to take the risk of coming up against problems when they hit their mid-thirties, it's an important issue to discuss."

One thing the 42-year-old mother-of-two firmly stands by is that the university "experience" isn't always necessary and can end up being costly.

Kirstie explained: "That I do believe. I worked very hard since I was 17, and when people say I'm going to university because it's an experience ... that I don't get because you have to borrow money, so that's a big loan to take out for 'an experience'. It's something to think about."

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