Rudaba Zehra Nasir / Council on Foreign Relations
What prevents women from entering STEM fields and what drives them out? Research points to unconducive work environments and a lack of workplace policies that support a healthy work-life balance. Access to affordable, quality childcare is one such policy area that can significantly effect working parents’ career choices and earning potential. Examining workplace policies, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, found in its latest report that companies that support employees’ childcare needs can strengthen their bottom line by recruiting and retaining talent, reducing absenteeism and turnover, and increasing employee satisfaction and productivity.