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Japan's Lack of Romance: Is It Due to Idol Culture?

AsiaToday | Posted 01.02.2017 | World

[Number of births & Birth Rate in Japan (Unit: %, person) (Red line: number of births/ black line: birth rate)] By AsiaToday reporter Kim Ye-jin - R...

Harnessing 'Senior Power' to Boost Our Economy

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.13.2016 | Business
Bernard Starr

Boosting seniors' economic contribution is no simple task, but one from which younger generations -- and seniors themselves -- will greatly benefit. The first step, as I explain below, is to harness senior power.

China's Population Policy Now a Problem, Not a Solution

East-West Center | Posted 07.23.2016 | World
East-West Center

For decades China has pursued policies intended to slow population growth by reducing childbearing. Slowly, attention is shifting to the dangers of super-low fertility, population decline, and rapid aging.

Global Study: Low Birth Rates Can Bring Surprising Economic Benefits

East-West Center | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science
East-West Center

While low fertility rates and aging populations can challenge government social safety nets, a new global study published in Science suggests that mod...

What Are Women For?

MotherWoman | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact

By Samantha Wilde When the news broke many months ago that the U.S. birthrate had hit its lowest level since 1920, I didn't know it. I was too busy c...

No, America Is Not Running Out of Babies

John Seager | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
John Seager

Americans are still having babies. Americans will keep having babies -- lots of babies. The world will keep turning, and America will move forward, even if we get a bit grayer around the edges.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

Stephen Palacios | Posted 03.25.2013 | Latino Voices
Stephen Palacios

For many, the fact that more than 50 percent of Hispanic-American births are out of wedlock runs counter to the widely accepted association of Hispanics with traditional family values. So, where is the disconnect?

The Myth of 'Choice' in Women's Fertility

Kate Blanchard | Posted 02.06.2013 | Women
Kate Blanchard

Americans are a proactive people. We like to believe that our destinies are wholly within our control, and that everyone gets exactly what she deserves. The "choice" myth is therefore very powerful in all kinds of ways, including in our conversations about women's fertility.

Babies on Hold: The Birth-Rate Drop and the Time-Lag Effect

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

New CDC birth data confirms that the U.S. birthrate dropped 1 percent to reach an all-time low in 2011. Put down your knee-jerk fears about smaller population. This drop is a good sign, foretelling not a diminished but a strengthened workforce down the line.

Are You A Parenting Role Model, Or A Cautionary Tale?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.14.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Young women without children are watching to see how we do it. They feel both sympathy and resentment. We are their role models and worst nightmares. They are stressed by seeing our stress.

Birth Control Is a Critical Health Need

Vanessa Cullins | Posted 08.28.2012 | Black Voices
Vanessa Cullins

Birth control has had such a dramatic impact on women and families in this country that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named it one of the top 10 public health achievements of the past century.

Recession Stalls Birth Rates

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

More evidence that the recession is having large-scale effects on family life. The birth rate dropped in the U.S. from 2007 to 2008, for all age grou...

Pew Study: U.S. Birth Rate Decline Linked To Recession

Pew Social & Demographic Trends | Gretchen Livingston and Vera Cohn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Birth rates in the United States began to decline in 2008 after rising to their highest level in two decades, and the decrease appears to be linked to...

Remember Mama?

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

The stress and struggles women workers and their families undergo while trying to do their jobs are not only a national disgrace -- they're completely unnecessary.