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Does the Labor Market Punish Mothers or All Women?

Does the Labor Market Punish Mothers or All Women?

Heather Boushey takes on David Leonhardt's notion that the labor market is "punishing" mothers.

David Leonhardt makes the point that the U.S. labor market is “punishing” to mothers in a column this week. He begins by noting that seeing yet another childless woman receive a nomination the Supreme Court is an insight into the reality that women at the top have not seemed to have figured out how to have it all. This is an enormously important issue and one we took head on in The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything. Women are earning more post-secondary degrees than men, but still they are not rising up to the top in the numbers they should be.

I want to dig into a few points that Mr. Leonhardt makes that aren’t actually entirely supported by the facts.

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Heather Boushey

Former Senior Fellow