Gallup data that compares full-time employment status by gender with life ratings.

Worldwide, men (33%) are more likely than women (19%) to have a full-time job for an employer. Having children younger than age 15 living in the household heightens this gender gap, and the more children living at home, the fewer the women working full time for an employer.

What Gallup has studied on a worldwide population sample, and Gallup research analyst Ben Ryan spotlights here, is how women's "life evaluations" tend toward more positive self-descriptions among those who are full-time employed. Ryan writes:

women, like men, are most likely to be considered thriving when they are working full time for an employer. In addition, women are also most likely to be considered suffering when they are out of the workforce. Gallup classifies people as "thriving," "struggling" or "suffering" according to how they rate their current and future lives on a ladder scale with steps numbered from 0 to 10 based on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale.

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