October 16, 2009
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women will likely overtake men in the American workforce some time this month or next. In August, women held 49.9 percent of the nation’s 132 million nonfarm jobs. Why? Because 80 percent of the 5.1 million people who have lost their jobs in this recession are men; and women are gaining the vast majority of jobs in the few sectors of the economy that are growing.
Doesn’t having, then raising children keep many women out of the workforce? Not so much. A chart posted yesterday to the NY Times’ Economix blog notes that women across the board have entered the labor market in higher numbers over the last three decades, but the biggest increases have been among mothers with young children:
What does this mean for men, you ask? John Broome, author of “It’s a Woman’s World,” a science fiction story that appeared in the DC comic book Mystery in Space (#8), asked the same thing way back in July 1952. As the panels shown here demonstrate, Broome predicted that women would one day cruelly discriminate against men — force them to work in the home, while women ran businesses and fought wars.
That actually sounds pretty good, to me. Broome, apparently, wasn’t so sanguine about the prospect of being a househusband. Check out his story’s happy ending:
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What do you think?
Hmm. I hope to see the rest of that strip one day. It could be an interesting bit of Swiftian satire.
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Did you miss the irony quotes around ‘happy ending’? I assume what you meant to type was ‘”happy” ending’.
Emi, haven’t you heard about the End of Irony Quotes?
What the #s don’t say is that the vast majority of jobs “lost” by men were high paying positions. The jobs “kept” by women are generally lower wage jobs. Women are also more likely to “settle” for lower-paying jobs in a recession than men are. If you’re more willing to work a crap job, you’re more likely to be employed right now.
It’s hardly a power upset.
This is true, Kameron. I was just joshing, anyway.
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