As Layoffs Surge, Women May Pass Men in Job Force

February 6, 2009 at 11:42 am 4 comments

I was just browsing a book entitled, “The Coming Matriarchy” (published in 1981) yesterday and pondering the idea of whether it was possible for women to outnumber men in the workforce. A New York Times article this morning seems to lend fresh credence to this notion.

It cannot be too much of a shock since women have been outnumbering men in attendance at higher educational institutions for a few years now. And now it seems the men are the ones most likely to lose their jobs in this new economic situation.

Let me know what you think about this new development after you read the article.

As Layoffs Surge, Women May Pass Men in Job Force

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Samantha  |  March 27, 2009 at 1:23 am

    only because we’re STILL paid less

  • 2. Kolorowanki  |  May 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I agree with Samantha. It’s just cheaper to keep a woman since keeping her on staff costs less (on average) than her male counterpart.

  • 3. thismadwickedfolly  |  July 28, 2009 at 11:25 am

    An interesting article! I think possibly another factor (in addition to both one reason mentioned in the article – women being employed in crucial areas like healthcare – and Samantha’s comment above – that women are still underpaid for doing the same job) might be that women are more likely to be employed in part-time work.

    So, for example, if a man is retrenched from his full-time job, he will be much more likely to spend a longer time searching for another full-time job than he would in taking a part-time job offered. Whereas the woman (in a traditional hetero household) who may have worked part-time previously, may step up to find a full-time job to cover expenses.

    And women are much more represented in part-time and flexible working hours arrangements anyway. But the interesting thing is, they still do more of the housework, even when the men aren’t working!

  • 4. Ubieranki  |  December 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I totally agree with samantha and kolorowanki! btw merry christmas everyone!

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