Maria Contreras-Sweet

Women’s entrance to the workforce is slowing, and that’s a problem
Congress must act to help the U.S. catch up with other advanced economies

OPINION — Here’s a conundrum facing the country: From the 1960s through the ’90s, women entered the U.S. workforce and earned college degrees in rising proportions. Then, around 2000, something changed.

Women continued to strive in higher education, earning college degrees of all types — and they now lead men by solid margins. But the percentage of women seeking full-time employment began to diminish, a retreat that has puzzled analysts since.

Big Stakes for Small Exporters in Ex-Im Standoff | Commentary

In his impassioned push to save a trusted institution that has helped Americans do business overseas for generations, President Barack Obama met with a group of small-business exporters last week to highlight differences the Export-Import Bank of the United States has made in their global expansion plans.