The Intersections of Women’s Economic and Reproductive Empowerment
This article examines women and work in a variety of contexts to see how childbearing and access to reproductive health and childcare services affect the decision to work and the type and quality of work that women have access to. Because this relationship between employment and fertility is likely to be endogenous, our inquiry also examines how women’s employment opportunities impact their fertility decisions.
The studies provide analyses in all three dimensions – macro, meso, and micro – to explore how women’s access to reproductive healthcare and childcare services affects their labour market participation, quality of work, and attachment to formal labour markets. Although the link between women’s labour force participation and their number of children can be carefully teased out and analysed, relatively less attention has been paid to the relationships between the type and quality of employment and entrepreneurial activity and women’s childbearing and childcare responsibilities. The goal of this special issue is to consider these relationships, with a focus on how childbearing, and access to reproductive health and childcare services, affect women’s decisions to undertake paid work and the type and quality of employment options they encounter.
- INTERSECTIONS OF WOMEN’S ECONOMIC AND REPRODUCTIVE EMPOWERMENT
- EMPIRICAL CHALLENGES
- CONTRIBUTION OF THIS VOLUME
- NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
This article was originally published on the Taylor & Francis website.