Monday, February 8, 2010

Women Taking Over the Workforce

NY Times details that women, for the first time in recorded history, outnumber men in the workforce (on a non-seasonally adjusted basis):

For the first time in recorded history, women outnumber men on the nation’s payrolls.

This benchmark is bittersweet, as it comes largely at men’s expense. Because men have been losing their jobs faster than women, the downturn has at times been referred to as a “man-cession.”

Women’s new majority in the nation’s workplaces comes decades after women first began trading in their aprons for pantsuits in droves, and it reinforces expectations that women will continue on the path to pay parity.

Source: BLS


  1. If you graph college costs and various child care costs with the workforce graph you would see they are identical. Women entered the work force and everything just got more expensive by the amount they made. Sad you have to try twice as hard to get to the same place.

    Oh yeah,

  2. I can't help but wonder if this doesn't have something to do with the fact that employers can get away with paying women less (since we have not reached gender wage parity) and, therefore, women are an "inferior good" in the economic sense of the word, i.e. as marginal wages go down, female employment goes up... Anyone else have that thought?

  3. As you point out, women still don't make as much as their male counterparts in part due to sexism that is still around (i.e. most corporations are still "boys clubs").

    But there is another huge factor at play. Women who do have kids are likely to leave the workforce in the prime of the building of their careers (think 20's / early 30's) then if they return, they are more likely than males to pursue flexible schedules vs. long hours.

  4. GYC- congrats on the big win!

    interesting with costs vs. women entering the workforce. if the case is overall demand coming from overall labor force supply, we should be entering a period of reversal if my post scheduled for tomorrow is any indication...

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