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Does the Labor Market Punish (M)Others?

Earlier this week New York Times journalist David Leonhardt asked why the labor market is so punishing to mothers. He noted an obvious pattern--that top posts in both the private and public sectors usually go to single or childless women--and wondered if American feminists early on focused too much on policies to eliminate blatant sexism rather than family responsibilities discrimination.

Here are some facts:

• Many more women take time off from the paid workforce;

• Many more women work part-time at some point in their lives;

• Many more women can't work extreme hours, getting to work both early and staying late;

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