Women to Become the Breadwinners of the Future?
As the global economic recession deepens, women are now starting to surpass men in the workforce. The last time this happened was during World War II, when our men were overseas fighting.
In this recession, with its threat of unemployment and financial worry, the male dominated manufacturing industry has been the hardest hit, whereas many women work in fields like education and health care, which are faring much better.
The big question is ... as men are losing high-paying jobs with good health care and pension plans, can our women become the main breadwinner, with their traditional lower paying or part-time jobs without all the perks? Or will we fall victim to the virulent traditions of sexism in society?
The proportion of women who are working has changed very little since the recession started. But a full 82 percent of the job losses have befallen men, who are heavily represented in distressed industries like manufacturing and construction.
StatsCan figures show a steep drop in Ontario's manufacturing sector, which employs mostly males, and growth in the health care and social assistance sectors, areas dominated by females.
The latest unemployment figures for Wales show 8.3% of men are out of work, compared with just 5.2% of women. More men are employed in Wales than women, but only by a slight majority – 679,000 to 589,000.
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