Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維 (webcowgirl) wrote,
Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維

Fascinating thoughts on variations in birth rates in different countries

I was very much caught up yesterday in this very long article from the New York Times Magazine about the variations in birth rates between different countries in Europe ... and in the US. It said that in countries where men help more with housework and childrearing, the birth rate is higher, but it's also true in countries where the state supports women substantially by, say, providing free childcare.

But then there was this whole other line of thought as they tried to examine why rates were relatively high in the US compared to places with better social support structures. And here, it seemed, the ability of women to easily return to work, or to work with more flexible hours, was key.

Ultimately, though, there was a very interesting link between having many children and being poor, and the fact that the high cost of living in these countries practically made it obligatory that women work after having children.

I am fascinated. Thoughts?
Tags: cultural differences
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