One thing that a woman’s perspective has brought about in many countries is family-friendly working conditions. However, U.S. laws are failing many women and families on this. If women controlled the economy, there would be more workplace options for women who cared about both their personal success and spending time with their families.
A recent study shows that the U.S. lags behind most industrialized countries in family-friendly work practices. According to the study, done by researchers at Harvard and McGill Universities, U.S. law does not guarantee paid leave for new mothers, which is offered in 177 countries. U.S. citizens also do not enjoy guaranteed paid paternal leave, or leave in the case of a sick child. According to the lead author of the study, a workplace that makes childrearing easier does not suffer in its competitive edge. Indeed, in some cases it actually increases workplace productivity. To read more on this, go to: http://www.feminist.org/news/newsbyte/uswirestory.asp?id=12084.
The work exhibited in Economica shows that women can, and do, contribute to the economy in big ways. We now know that women can find a place in a previously male-dominated workforce, and succeed there. Now that they’re there, it’s time for them to change it for the better.