Past work shows religion’s effect on women’s career decisions, particularly when these decisions involve work-family conflict. This study argues that the religious context of a geographic area also influences women’s solutions to work-family conflict through more or less pervasive normative expectations within the community regarding women’s roles and responsibilities to the family. We use the American Community Survey linked with community-level religious proportions to test the relationship between religious contexts and women’s participation in the labor force in the contiguous United States–2054 census geographic areas. Using spatial analysis, we find that community religious concentration is related to the proportion of women who choose not to work. Communities with a higher proportion of the population belonging to conservative religious traditions also have a greater proportion of married women choosing not to work outside the home.
religion, family, working women, moral communities, spatial effects, work-family conflict, religious context
Rogers, Jenna Griebel, and Aaron B. Franzen. “Work-Family Conflict: The Effects of Religious Context on Married Women’s Participation in the Labor Force.” Religions 5, no. 3 (July 28, 2014): 580–93. doi:10.3390/rel5030580.