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Your link is broken. I believe you intended to link to https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2113891119

Separate from this topic, but elsewhere I attempted to convey some of your ideas to a skeptic ("Tove K"), who had this question for you:


"I guess Dr Evans means that hoe agriculture systems have the potential to free women because when women are supposed to work, they will sooner or later be allowed to work outside of their homes and there they will find autonomy and female solidarity. If I get it right, she means something like if Africa just finally develops modern labor markets, women will take formal jobs away from home and be liberated. Since there is already a culture of female labor, only a dose of economic development needs to be added to free those women?"

Based on this post I would guess you would say that religion is a factor Tove K has passed over, but also that religious restrictions are not constant and could change, as they did in the west.

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Thank you for spotting and correcting the broken link!

Yes, look at Botswana, women comprise a high share of managers!

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Feb 10, 2023·edited Feb 10, 2023

I have heard that in sub-Saharan Africa women's participation in work outside the home doesn't affect fertility the way it does in the rest of the world. Basically, in that region people have organized things to make such work more compatible with having lots of kids. It's possible that you're the one I heard it from, and just forgot the source.

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I also heard that! Or that basically, in Africa nothing effects fertility the way it does in the rest of the world. I read it in Edward Paice's Youthquake.

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It would be a good idea to check that Wood From Eden link, as Tove K has continued the conversation there and linked to a relevant earlier post.

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