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12/15/2014 01:23 pm ET Updated Dec 15, 2014

Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind

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Since Kerry Devine, 32, and her friends began having children, she has noticed a stark difference between her female friends in Auburn, Wash., where she lives, and those in England and Cyprus, where she grew up. In the United States, they almost all stopped working outside the home, at least until their children were in school. Yet, she says, she can’t think of a friend in Europe who left work after her children were born.

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