Jul 14 2014
Having access to contraceptives empowers women to plan their families and pursue their educational and career goals on their terms. A 2011 Guttmacher Institute study showed that contraception access is a critical component of economic empowerment for women. The study found that 77 percent of women said that access allowed them to take better care of themselves and their families, while 64 percent said that it helped them to get or keep their jobs and careers. Having this freedom is a major reason why women now make up half of the nation’s workforce and 40 percent of women are the sole or lead income earners for their families.