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Why Aren't There More Women in the Labor Force Across the Globe?

May 17, 2017

Female migrant construction workers collect garbage onto a cart as they work on a shift at a residential construction site in Shanghai August 12, 2013. REUTERS/Aly Song
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Gallup and the International Labor Organization (ILO) recently released a landmark report on global attitudes toward women and work.

Based on a study conducted across 142 countries and territories, the report finds that the majority of both men (66 percent) and women (70 percent) prefer that women participate in paid work.

These results hold true across the world, including in regions where women's labor force participation is notoriously low. For example, in Northern Africa, where the female labor force participation rate is only 23 percent, 79 percent of women and 57 percent of men believe that women should be allowed to work outside the home.

Read the full article in TIME online.

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