Women's Work and Home Struggles Suppress Birth Rates?
"Could it be . . . that easing a woman's ability to hold a job and raise children simultaneously will nudge her toward having a bigger family?" The New York Times asked in an article, "The Motherhood Experiment," about declining birth rates in industrialized nations. Forty-five European and Asian countries are creating government programs to help women balance motherhood and work in the hopes that those programs will stimulate the creation of larger families. "Contrary to the rhetoric of many family-values champions, their example suggests that the promotion of larger families and the promotion of women's careers may go hand in hand," the article said.