Workforce is a significant aspect in every country’s economy. There are some areas that has a large number of employment opportunities yet with just a few people applying for work which could be due to lack of skill or because of culture when it comes to women workers especially the married ones.
This usually becomes an issue in places where women are not able to work so that they could tend to their children everyday. In some countries, it still taboo for women to get employed since their role is considered as a housekeeper thus not requiring them to seek employment and it is the husbands’ role to be the breadwinner and be the one to put food on the table.
This research paper was conducted to help determine whether child care availability would affect women’s employment decisions in the Arab countries, most specifically in Israel where the free Pre-Kindergarten Law for three to four year old kids was implemented last September 1999. This also tried to find out about the effects of child care costs on fertility.
According to Analia Schosser, who wrote the research paper, women’s participation in the labor force would help promote women empowerment and gender equality. This would also help in the progress of a country’s economy and modernization. A minimal labor force participation of women is often attributed to cultural factors.
I do agree with the author of this paper that having women in the labor force would allow them to earn a living and be able to help support their families financially at the same time help their country’s economy and also reduce the gender gaps in the employment area. Mothers would also realize how imperative it is for their kids to get early childhood education to build a foundation for their children’s education.
This paper may be based on a study done in one country only but there are some countries that are somewhat of the same situation as that of Israel and this will serve as a basis of a change in the role of women in their societies as well.
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