Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns of First-Time Mothers: 1961-2008

Source: Lynda Laughlin, U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, P70-128, October 2011

The labor force participation of mothers has increased dramatically over the last 3 decades, and women have become more likely to work continuously over their life cycle. Almost two-thirds of American women (62 percent) with a birth in the last year were in the labor force in 2008.A child’s birth may also require changes in a mother’s work schedule to accommodate the demands of raising young children. This report examines trends in maternity leave and the employment patterns of women who gave birth to
their first child between January 1961 and December 2008.
Paid-leave benefits lagging for working moms in US
Source: Hope Yen, Associated Press, November 10, 2011

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