Modern motherhood has economists worried

    By: Clair Fuller on May 15, 2017

    Ben Steverman writes, "Motherhood is changing, as are mothers' working lives—and those changes have economists concerned.

    For a while, women around the world were making clear economic progress. More of them were working, and they were earning more (and boosting the global economy in the process).

    But in the past few decades, that progress has stalled. Women's participation in the U.S. workforce peaked two decades ago. And today, women are making big changes to when, and whether, they have children.

    Economists have begun paying attention. Last week, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen raised the alarm in a speech at Brown University. "We, as a country, have reaped great benefits from the increasing role that women have played in the economy," she said. "But evidence suggests that barriers to women's continued progress remain." "

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    Released: May 15, 2017, 11:59 am
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