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WOMEN’S LIKES, DISLIKES PRETTY MUCH THE SAME

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European women work because they need the money. European women say their families are the most important part of their lives. European women believe politicians should make more of an effort to connect with their female constituents.

European women are, in short, pretty much like North American women. The Whirlpool Foundation is conducting a four-part study of women and families around the world. Part one, a study of North American families, was released in May 1995. The second part of the study, on European families, is just out.A study of Asian families is due next. The last part of the study, an analysis, will come out in 1998.

Some of the findings, to date, include:

- Mothers have pretty good self-esteem. Seventy-one percent of European mothers and 91 percent of North American mothers say they are good parents.

- A combination of work and family is the most ideal lifestyle for women, according to 41 percent of European men and women.

- Sixty percent of European women and 55 percent of North American women say they provide half or more of the family's income.

- More than half of European and American women say they would not give up any of the family responsibilities they currently hold.

- Crime and lack of safety in their neighborhood is the greatest fear they have for their families, according to both European and North American women.

- If money were not a consideration, 17 percent of European men would prefer to be at home with their children. Both men and women say they wish they could afford to work part time.