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Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Women’s Employment

Recent research linking regional unemployment to improved infant health has caused some commentators to ask whether pregnant women should work less. However, such a recommendation would be both premature and illogical. Moreover, the suggestion that expecting mothers forego employment mirrors a broader debate over high and perhaps unfounded standards for ideal mothering. Read More

no need to have kids

You don't have to have children. There are plenty of people in the world already.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I desperately wanted to quit my job, as many pregnant women do. Lucky for me, I was able to do so in my last month of pregnancy. Has taking time out of the workforce reduced my earning potential? Absolutely! But money isn't the most important thing in my life. A lot of women agree with me. They put family ahead of work in their list of priorities.

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Elizabeth Aura McClintock, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

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