gender Gap

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The discrepancy between male and female numbers either in demographics or in various trades and professions. Since the development of ultrasound techniques for prenatal sex determination, the preference for male children in some countries and easy access to abortion have led to a serious distortion of the natural female/male ratio of liveborn infants, creating a new variety of gender gap that could have serious social consequences when these birth cohorts reach marriage age.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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