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Women’s labor force participation climbed steadily throughout the 1980s and ’90s before hitting a peak of 62.4 percent in 2008. After that the rate fell sharply and has stayed low, at just 57.7 percent by the end of 2017, up slightly over that calendar year from 57.2 percent. Male labor force participation, in contrast, fell in most years of our analysis and was 68.6 percent by the end of 2017, up slightly over the previous year, but down more than 10 percentage points from its peak of 79.6 percent in 1979.”
How The Birth Control Mandate Rollback Has Affected Women, Nearly One Year Later
Bustle, August 29, 2018