Around the world, changes in demographics and technology are dramatically reshaping how women live, work and age. In the coming weeks NPR takes a look at how this these changes are playing out in different countries, industries and relationships. Stories and interviews in the series will air on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition on witf. Coming up:
Europe's Maternal Leave Problems - Morning Edition; Tuesday, May 7
NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson examines the unspoken consequences of generous maternal leave policies in Germany: a reluctance by many German employers to hire or promote women to positions of leadership, knowing they're entitled to year-long leaves for each child.
Anne Marie Slaughter - Morning Edition; Thursday, May 9
Host Renee Montagne talks to Princeton University professor Anne Marie Slaughter about what she's learned since publishing a controversial Atlantic story, "Why Women Can't Have It All," last year. Slaughter is at work on a book about the subject; we also hear from her mother, Anne Slaughter, about what she thinks of her daughter's essay.
Single Moms in Mexico - All Things Considered; Friday, May 10
There are changing attitudes toward single mothers in Mexico, a predominantly Catholic country. At his swearing-in, Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto proposed life insurance for single mothers to see their children through to college. That's a sea change that tracks with other Western nations where increasing numbers of women are having and raising children out of wedlock. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.
Brazilian Caesarean Sections - Weekend Edition, Sunday, May 12
Brazil currently has the highest C-section rate in the world, with caesareans making up 80% to 90% of births in private hospitals, and some hospitals at a 99% rate. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.
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