Women practicee childcare on baby dolls, November 9, 2010.
Cheryl Ravelo / Reuters

It is well known that, since the 2008–09 financial crisis, U.S. labor force participation has steadily declined for both men and women. In fact, a recent report from the U.S. Federal Reserve forecasts that it will plunge to 61 percent by 2022, the lowest level in 30 years. Beneath the top-line number lies an even more ominous trend. Female participation in the American work force has been steadily declining since well before 2008. In fact, that figure has been falling since 2000, despite the fact that female participation among other OECD nations has steadily risen.

Female Labor Force Participation, Select OECD Countries
Female Labor Force Participation, Select OECD Countries
Organization for Economics Co-operation and Development (LFS by sex and date)
Although American women enjoyed the sixth highest rate of

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