Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Do Rural Moms Have Access to Family Friendly Policies?

The Carsey Institute has taken a look at Family-friendly Policies for Rural Working Mothers. This brief presents an analysis of differences in access to family-friendly policies between rural and urban mothers.
Rural Americans are disadvantaged in income, education, and employment. They are also less likely to have access to family-friendly policies. Compared to urban mothers, rural mothers are less likely to have access to paid sick days, health insurance, dental insurance, parental leave, flextime, and job training. Single mothers in rural America fare the worst, primarily because they have less education, they work for smaller firms, and they work in occupations and industries that are less likely to offer family-friendly benefits.
For policies to improve family economic success and reduce child poverty.

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