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In the United States, the revolution for equality between men and women is stuck halfway. Over the past 50 years, women's roles have changed dramatically, with almost 60 percent of American women now in the workforce. American women hold less than 15 percent of executive-level positions in Fortune 500 companies and 62 percent of minimum-wage jobs.Half of single mothers in the United States make less than $25,000 a year.Other advanced industrial countries are far ahead of the U.S. in providing an entire infrastructure of care to help families invest in the next generation and care for their own parents.In a genuinely equal world, men and women would approach this division of labor the same way a same-sex couple does.Scandinavian countries and Germany have led the way on paternity leave in Europe, yet many European men (and certainly Asian, African, Indian and Latin American men) have a long way to go with regard to shedding traditional attitudes about the male-female division of labor. It is one thing to let women into the workforce; it is quite another to embrace full equality and create a cultural, economic and social climate that encourages both men and women to support one another and their families equally with cash and care.
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