I love reading Cathy Arnst’s posts on BusinessWeek’s Working Parents Blog. If you are a regular reader of mine, you know I am constantly tagging her and her posts. Her most recent post talks about the freedom we have in the U.S. She also talks about birth rates, in the U.S. and abroad. One tid-bit I found most interesting:
“Researchers have discovered that, in societies where women do 75% or more of the housework and childcare, they are less likely to have another child than in countries where fathers share the load.”
I think that makes sense. But even when fathers do share the load, I don’t think that alone is enough to make a decision about how many children one has.
Another interesting fact:
“The flexibility guaranteed to American women is likely one reason the U.S. ranks 16th on the Happiness index, above some 80 other nations. The index is a periodic survey officially known as the World Values Survey conducted by a global network of social scientists. The latest was released last week, and revealed that people kept getting happier from 1981 to 2007 in 42 of 52 countries polled. Interestingly, a country’s happiness level did not relate to economic prosperity so much as greater democracy and social tolerance. In other word, choices.”
So, overall, things are good. But, as with most things, it can be better. Cathy points to Denmark and their AMAZING laws on maternity leave.