Here’s another article, along the same vein, from The Washington Times on on how the French Government is paying well-educated, working women to produce a third child.
I suppose none can truly deny the influence a mother (or whomever is raising the children) has upon the next generation — even upon whether or not that next generation will have children of their own.
They say that man is mighty,
He governs land and sea,
He wields a mighty scepter
O’er lesser powers that be;
But a mightier power and stronger
Man from his throne has hurled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
— William Ross Wallace, 1865 or 66