Seventy-three percent of married rural mothers with children under age 6 work for pay. As men's employment rates have dropped over the past four decades, more rural women are working to keep the lights on at home. Rural women are just as likely as their urban counterparts to work for pay, but they earn less, have fewer occupational choices, and have seen their family income decline as men's wages have not kept pace with inflation. Dr. Smith's report looks at over 30 years of data about women's employment.
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Smith, Kristin, "Working hard for the money: trends in women's employment 1970 to 2007" (2008). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. Paper 59.
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