Family planning and women’s educational advancement in Tehran, Iran

Amir Erfani

Abstract


This study examines the impact of contraceptive use on women’s educational advancement as an indicator of female empowerment, using retrospective data from the 2009 Tehran Fertility Survey. The results show that 15 per cent of married women continued their education after marriage. Also, women using modern contraceptives before a first birth were more likely to experience a 1–2-year increase in education level after marriage, controlling for other factors. Recent cohorts were more likely to continue their education after marriage, especially those who used modern vs. traditional contraceptives. The findings clearly indicate that family planning use after marriage enables women to advance their education by freeing them from reproductive activities.

Keywords


educational advancement, family planning, women’s empowerment, Iran, Asia

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25336/P6K31P

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