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Gender Changes?

Scandinavia and the US are in the forefront of social trends from what I’ve
observed. The future trend is the ascendency of women, according to a
provocative article by Hanna Rosin, titled “The End of Men.” She suggests
postindustrial society that values “social intelligence, open communication, the
ability to sit still and focus” and a “post-heroic” management style suits women
better than men. Three-quarters of the 8 million jobs lost in the US Great
Recession were men’s jobs. The banking crisis that precipitated it was blamed on
men by the Prime Minister of Iceland, Johanna Sigurdardottir, who campaigned to
end the “age of testosterone.” Usually, the greater the power of women, the
greater a country’s economic success, according to the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development. Rosin points out that in the US women are a
majority of the workforce (as of 2010), that women are the majority of
university students on both undergraduate (60%) and graduate levels, as well as
workers with managerial and professional jobs. With the disappearance of
manufacturing jobs for men, women-headed families dominate working-class
families and 40% of babies are born to unmarried mothers. She refers to a Super
Bowl ad for Dodge Charger titled “Man’s Last Stand,” after a man says, “I will
put the seat down, I will separate the recycling, I will carry your lipbalm,”
but is empowered by the Charger. In Japan, young men who reject the work ethic
of their fathers are called “herbivores,” while their female peers are
“carnivores” or the “hunters.” Men still dominate legislatures, but women are
the majority of voters.

The Millennial generation in the US is more egalitarian in their attitudes towards sex roles than previous generations, including Gen X.[i] In 2008, the Families and Work Institute reported that for the first time since they started asking the question in 1992, women under age 29 are just as likely as their male peers to want jobs with greater responsibility. This includes young mothers. One factor leading to equality is that women earn the majority of university degrees, including graduate and professional degrees and even mothers of young children are employed. In 2008, 80% of partnered employees of all ages lived in dual-earner families and in 27% of the households, women earned more than the men. Millennial fathers spend an averge of 4.1 hours per workday with their children under age 13—more than Gen X fathers, compared to 5.4 hours for mothers.


[i] Families and Work Institute, “National Study of the Changing Workforce,” 2009. www.familiesandwork.org/site/research/…/Times_Are_Changing.pdf

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