Women in Japan now work more than women in the USA

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

An interesting graph:

To me, the interesting thing is that the trend is up in Japan, and down in the USA.

In the USA, the big surge for women was from 1935 to 1985, with a lull during the 1950s.

In Japan, it looks like a prolonged upward trend started around 2002. The trend is intensifying, which is interesting, but there is a better question we should ask: for most of the last 60 years, women in Japan have had less children than women in the USA. So why are women in Japan only now catching up to women in the USA, in terms of work? Why did so many Japanese women stay home, when they had 1 child, when so many USA women went out to work, when they had 3 children?

Or 4 children. My mom had 4 children and she was also proud of the career she built.