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A study in one area of India found that disability reduced the female labor force by 22 percent. In addition, illness was found to be the second highest cause of indebtednesswith especially profound effects on women because they predominate among the poor (Chatterjee 1991). Women's health is central not only to their wage earning but also to the performance of their many household tasks. Within the family, women bear the principal responsibility for maintaining the home and caring for society's dependentschildren and the elderly.

From infancy, females in many parts of the world receive less and lower-quality food and are treated less often when sick, and then only at a more advanced stage of disease. In countries where women are less educated, receive less information than men, and have less control over decisionmaking and family resources, they are also less apt to recognize health problems or to seek care. Cultural factors, such as restrictions in some Middle Eastern countries on women's traveling alone or being treated by male health care providers, inhibit their use of health services.

Early childbearing is particularly common in traditional, often rural, settings where early marriage is the norm, but it is becoming increasingly prevalent among unmarried adolescents. In some settings a young girl may welcome an early premarital pregnancy to demonstrate her fertility or to motivate a partner to commit to marriage. Regardless of whether or not premarital sexuality is condemned, early pregnancy can have particularly harmful effects on a girl's social and economic opportunities. In Botswana, for example, a study found that one in seven women who dropped out of school did so because of pregnancy, and of those, only one in five returned to school (Bledsoe and Cohen 1993).

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