The Concerning Drop in Workforce Participation and Role of Family Friendly Policies

Abby McCloskey and Aparna Mathur, Forbes, May 25, 2016 

"At first blush, the drop in workforce participation rates seem to have similarly impacted men and women.  The employment rate for American females in their prime working years, 25-54, has dropped from 74.9% in April, 2000 to 70.8% in April 2016.  For similarly aged men, participation rates dropped from 89% to 84.9% during the same time period. Yet relative to their peers globally, American women may have prematurely plateaued in their labor force participation rates."