Friday, October 23, 2009

A Female Dominated Workforce

Most of the workers are women. Most of the voters are women. Yet women are a paltry 17 percent of Congress and earn 77 cents for every patriarchal dollar that men earn. This cannot continue.

Women are on the verge of outnumbering men in the workforce for the first time, a historic reversal caused by long-term changes in women's roles and massive job losses for men during this recession. . At the current pace, women will become a majority of workers in October or November.

On average, women work fewer hours than men, hold more part-time jobs and earn 77% of what men make, [labor economist Heidi Hartmann, president of the Institute for Women's Policy Research] says. Men also still dominate higher-paying executive ranks. . the boost came from a severe recession that has been brutal on male-dominated professions such as construction and manufacturing.

via Jezebel