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New study finds Women delaying careers to have children
New research by the London School of Economics has found that women are putting off their career to have children. A study by Professor Alan Manning of the Centre for Economic Performance suggests that the latest group of women of child bearing age are rejecting the pattern followed by previous generations
While the economic downturn could be a factor, Prof Manning believes there are deeper cultural reasons for the shift. He said ''The main message is that the youngest generations of women are not working any more than slightly older women, so female labour market progress has stalled.''
After decades in which female employment in the UK rose, the proportion of women born between 1985 and 1994 in the workplace is lower than those born 10 years earlier. One suggestion is that the latest generation of women have rejected the feminism of earlier decades, while another possibility is that the economic downturn has meant fewer job opportunities are available. In Britain the proportion of working mothers reached its highest level – 30 per cent – in 2008, before falling slightly.
In the U.S. another economist, Raquel Fernandez of New York University believes there could be a link between the fall in the divorce rate and the decline in levels of female employment.
She has argued there is a cultural shift away from traditional feminism with women not feeling a need to prove themselves and choosing to spend several years at home with their children.
Researchers suggest many believe they don't have to go out to work to prove themselves: if they want to spend the first five years at home with their kids, they're fine with that.
The reality is, there really is no one-size-fits-all approach to having babie, it's about recognising that over the course of your lifetime, taking time out to have children is not a huge amount of time out in the grand scheme of things
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