(Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the U.S.could boost its potential growth rate and productivity by removingbarriers that limit women’s participation in the workforce.

The Fed chief didn’t discuss the path of interest rates ornear-term monetary policy issues in her 18 pages of text on thehistory of women’s participation in the economy, whichdrew some examples from her own family.

Yellen said the gap in pay between women and men has shrunk but is“still significant,” as is the underrepresentation of women incertain occupations and industries. She also said more flexibilityis needed to help women balance professional and family life.

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