Graduation Date

Fall 12-13-2020

Grading Professor

Greg David

Subject Concentration

Business & Economics

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Since the pandemic began, mothers have been leaving the labor force in droves. Mum’s the Word: Are mothers choosing to give up their careers or being booted out of the labor force examines the reasons that are forcing mothers to quit their jobs, the cost of mothers’ not participating in the labor force and what steps corporations and the government can take to support mothers’ return to the labor force.

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Labor Force Participation Rates for Mothers and Fathers

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Labor Force Participation Rates for Women and Men without Children

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Non-Participation Rates by Race

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Percentage Increase in Non-Participation in the Labor Force



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