With 75% of women in the workforce, the United States ranked 17th among 22 developed countries. That’s a huge retreat from 1990, when we rank 6th, according to research by Cornell economists Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn.

What happened? According to an article in The Atlantic, “other developed countries have legislated rules that make it easier for employees to work part-time and guarantee women generous paid maternity leave. They also spend more on government-sponsored childcare, though that appears to have less of an affect on whether women work.” The U.S. could boost women’s workforce participation to about 82% if we ere to adopt laws similar to those in Europe, Blau and Kahn estimate.

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