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Do Family-Friendly Policies Diminish Women’s Careers?

April 9th, 2013 - 7:02 am

The American Enterprise Institute: Lessons from a Feminist Paradise on Equal Pay Day:

Generous parental leave policies and readily available part-time options have unintended consequences: instead of strengthening women’s attachment to the workplace, they appear to weaken it. In addition to a 16-month leave, a Swedish parent has the right to work six hours a day (for a reduced salary) until his or her child is eight years old. Mothers are far more likely than fathers to take advantage of this law. But extended leaves and part-time employment are known to be harmful to careers — for both genders. And with women a second factor comes into play: most seem to enjoy the flex-time arrangement (once known as the “mommy track”) and never find their way back to full-time or high-level employment. In sum: generous family-friendly policies do keep more women in the labor market, but they also tend to diminish their careers.

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Back before the government was so invested in paying people to not work and wealth redistribution, one working adult could support a stay at home spouse.

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Of course they do. So? Someone has to put the kids first.
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