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Illustration of a woman feeding a baby a bottle
Carmen Deñó

Changing Child Care

Despite efforts to make domestic work more egalitarian in the household, women continue to bear the burden of providing care for children. Some researchers attribute declining maternal workforce participation to rising child care costs. On the labor side, more than 90 percent of child care workers are women.

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