Donate

Who Has the Recession Hurt More: Men or Women?

September 3, 2009 | NeW Staff

Every day, the media reports something new about the effects of the economic downturn. The latest?   Women are outpacing men in the labor force.

On the front page of USA Today, in an article titled, “Women Take Over Job Market,” author Dennis Cauchon describes the dramatic impact of the recession for men. While women have lost 1.6 million jobs, men have lost a startling 4.75 million.   In June, this brought the new female share of the nation’s jobs to 49.83%, and many expect women will soon gain a greater hold of workforce in the coming months.

Of course, this is not only a time for feminists to reflect on the gains made by women in American history but also an opportunity to point out the inequality they believe still exists.  The article reports that women only earn 77% of what men make and still hold fewer executive jobs than men do. Heidi Hartmann, the president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, stated,

“The change reflects the growing importance of women as wage earners, but it doesn’t show full equality.”

What Hartmann and other feminists still refuse to acknowledge is that a number of women simply still do not want to pursue the executive track but instead often prefer jobs like nursing and teaching.   As well, feminists neglect to account for something called “maternity leave.” Even if women work and raise a family, the setback from having children still influences the national average.

Certainly women have made gains in the workforce, particularly in recent history, and these gains should be praised. But is this a time to rejoice that men are losing more jobs? Or is it a time for complaining about inequality in light of the greater economic hardships we have currently facing our country? I think not.

»
Latest News

UPDATE: Kellyanne Conway Will Speak At 9:30AM

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, will now be speaking on Friday, June 23, at 9:30am at The Heritage Foundation. The updated schedule is as follows: 2017 National Conference Agenda Thursday, June 22 2:30pm: Registration at The Heritage Foundation 3pm: Welcome and Let’s Talk Feminism: How Opportunity Feminism Is The Wave of the Future by Karin...

Read more

Why I Can’t Wait To Attend My First NeW National Conference

Guest post by intern Kandace Palmer I am thrilled to have the opportunity to attend NeW’s National Conference, which is a time to interact with other young professionals, noteworthy leaders, and conservatives of all types. I am especially excited to hear the inspiring messages from conservative leaders and policy makers because I’m eager to learn...

Read more

Get the latest gear from the NeW store!

Shop Now