Maybe Sex Segregation in The U.S. Workforce Has An Upside For Women

Posted on March 14th, 2009 by Katherine Franke

depressionWe read today in the New York Times Business Section that the rate of unemployment of men in this current economic downturn is significantly outpacing that of women.  The Times ran a front page story about this some weeks ago, but today’s story shows how the higher unemployment rates for men is now reaching more educated men and the differential is getting worse. (This news is complemented by the story they also recently ran that showed that unemployed men who are hanging around the house do not, by and large, see any obligation to pick up some of the work that their wives are doing at home – shopping, cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids.  Instead, just as having a full time job meant they couldn’t be looked to to help out at home, now not having a job means they can’t either – “looking for a job is a full time job” said one of them!  Argh)

But anyway – what these numbers tell me, or at least one of the things they tell me, igekko-fortunes that sex segregation in the wage labor market can have an upside for women – at least every now and then.  It seems that men found themselves disproportionately in sectors of the workforce that were more vulnerable to an economic downturn such as the one we have now – one in which new home building (where men are overwhelmingly the workers) has taken a particularly bad hit and where the financial services industry (surely a boy’s club) has been decimated.

In a previous post I had urged that the stimulus package include provisions that require the recipients of simulus funds to do so in a way that does not reproduce or exacerbate sex discrimination and/or segregation in various job sectors such as construction and health care.  When President Obama announced the formation of his Council on Women and Girls this week he made ample mention of the problem of equal pay for women – clearly an important issue – but not one that addresses wage labor market sex segregation.  Until we see women losing jobs in the same proportion to men and women gaining jobs in the same proportion to men, we still have a problem.

– Katherine Franke


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