In 2014, the US saw approximately 72% of women aged 25 to 54 participating in the workforce.
By comparison, that number was approximately 80% for France, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. Sweden had the highest rate of women’s workforce participation: 88%.
It seems like USA isn’t lagging too far behind the rest of Europe. What’s more concerning, however, is that the figures haven’t changed for USA for decades. Women’s participation in the workforce has been about the same since 1990.
It takes a lot of determination and resources to get ahead of the curve, but even more to stay there. Whether or not the next government encourages more women to join work—through better family care and maternity care policies, better work-life schedules—will ultimately decide the economic trajectory of America.
Source: “Entertainment and Internet: Women’s Spending Power.” Needham & Company, LLC. June 25, 2015.