Published Online: April 27, 2010
Published in Print: April 28, 2010, as Job Loss Among Men Is No Victory for Women

Letter

Job Loss Among Men Is No Victory for Women

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

To the Editor:

I agree with Lise Eliot and Richard Whitmire, the authors of the recent Commentary "Common Ground on Gender" (March 31, 2010). We must focus serious attention on boys’ literacy skills. Providing an excellent and equitable education to all students is too important to be viewed as a gendered, either-or proposition in which helping one sex automatically harms the other.

Yet, to summarize the labor-force participation of women today as simply a sign of women’s workplace achievement is a dangerous oversimplification of economic realities. More women are primary breadwinners because men have borne the brunt of job losses in the current recession.

Job loss among men is no victory for women, however. Women workers are still concentrated disproportionately in lower-paying and service jobs, where cuts have been fewer. On average, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.

A focus on boys and literacy must not preclude continued attention to education and career opportunities for girls, as well as for boys.

Susan McGee Bailey
Executive Director
Wellesley Centers for Women
Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Education
Wellesley College
Wellesley, Mass.

Vol. 29, Issue 30, Page 28

Related Stories
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented