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Why US women are leaving their jobs for their families

Raquell Heredia (above) taking her son, Giovanni, for a stroll in Fontana, California. When she was pregnant with Giovanni, Mrs Heredia had severe morning sickness but had no sick leave and had to quit her job as a waitress and bartender.

Delphine Dubost, a teacher, got 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and has enrolled her boys in France's state-run day care system.

New York

SINCE Kerry Devine, 32, and her friends began having children, she has noticed a stark difference between her female friends in Auburn, Washington, where she lives, and those in England and Cyprus, where she grew up. In the United States, they almost all stopped working outside...