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Women have many more work and educational choices than previous generations, which affect their decisions about having children. Justin Lewis/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Expanding opportunities for women and economic uncertainty are both factors in declining US fertility rates

Economic opportunities, social norms and expanding education and employment options for many women help explain why U.S. fertility has slowed in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Men largely determine the fertility rate in Nigeria. These men are drumming for dancers at a festival. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

Family size: why some Nigerian men want more children

The Nigerian government must design more interventions to improve education, employment opportunities and the economy in order to control the country's population growth.
Frankenstein’s monster in the Hollywood Wax Museum. The fictional character first appeared in Mary Shelley’s novel in 1818. www.shutterstock.com

What Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein teaches us about the need for mothers

By showing us a world from which mothers are largely absent, Mary Shelley reminds us that the genius of motherhood lies less in biological reproduction than in the capacity to love.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and SA Best leader Nick Xenophon provided different narratives about youth populations in the state. AAP Images/Morgan Sette

FactCheck: is South Australia’s youth population rising or falling?

In a South Australian leaders' debate, Jay Weatherill and Nick Xenophon disagreed over the extent to which young people are leaving the state in search of better opportunities. We asked the experts.
Blister-packs of the contraceptive drug Diane-35. In Kenya, millions of women do not have access to contraception methods. Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Kenya needs a new plan to make contraceptives accessible again

Contraception gives women the choice of how many children to have and when to have them. This empowers them - but millions of women in Kenya do not have this choice.

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