#GAReads | To Lift Growth, Janet Yellen Says, Make It Easier for Women to Work

by Federal Reserve [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

by Federal Reserve [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

"To Lift Growth, Janet Yellen Says, Make It Easier for Women to Work":

In an unusually personal speech, Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, said Friday that policies making it easier for women to work could significantly improve the nation’s economic growth.

The sweeping movement of women from the home to the workplace during the mid-20th century, she said, was a “major factor in America’s prosperity.” But that progress has stalled in recent decades, leaving women less likely than men to hold paying jobs. Bringing more women into the work force with policies like expanding the availability of paid leave, affordable childcare and flexible work schedules, she said, could help to lift the American economy from a long stretch of slow growth.

Read Binyamin Appelbaum's full article at The New York Times here…