Image result for Women's' RightsA few centuries ago, women enjoyed very few civil rights. Typically, their lives are supposed to be confined within the house, where their responsibilities are nothing but child-bearing, child care and housekeeping. However, throughout the past century, women have increasingly gained economic power as they slowly but surely penetrated the global workforce.
Aside from the melodramatic egalitarian cause, this same fact has changed not only the makeup of the global economy, but also caused dramatic effects on developed countries’ population demographics – the same countries where women were first empowered.
Because the average woman can now dream of the same kind of economic successes as men do, they have become busier and thus have less time for other things – reproduction, in particular. This was especially noticeable during the European economic boom of the 1980s and 1990s, when Europe’s population growth drastically slowed down.
Of course, if I were a modern career executive, pregnancy will imply less job security because of my inability to be part of the labour force come the months nearing, and the months immediately after childbirth. At around the 8th month of pregnancy up to about two months after labour, a woman simply cannot work due to physical limitations. Afterwards, the challenge of child care also becomes another issue.
Thus, what most women do today is any of the following (a) limiting the number of children; (b) delaying childbirth to latter years; and (c) not bearing children at all. This general trend has cause Europe and much of the Caucasian population in the entire world to shrink, as the ratio of parents to children went down to levels that are lower than 1:2.0, way below the required ratio for sustainable population numbers.
Hence, with this general trend of population shrinkage, coupled with the inherent lack of foresight of economic development experts on the national level, the whole of Europe is now faced with an economic nightmare – how in the world will they sustain an eventually gigantic retiree population with so few younglings who will enter the workforce,
Woman empowerment is one of the greatest cultural advances of mankind. However, it is not without its drawbacks. Of course, we cannot take back womens’ rights because it is evil to do so. But then, we have to find ways on how to reconcile the present with the future.

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