I enjoy reading articles about the success of women...most likely because I am woman (duh). Plus, I have 3 daughters and hope that one day, they will be successful (especially successful enough to have a vacation home where I can live out my last days sipping good champagne and reading People magazine on the beach....so really, really successful).
Related to the topic of women, I stumbled upon an article yesterday called, The End of Men written by Hanna Rosin. It is way too long for my taste and has a "HE-bashing tone" which I don't think is necessary or healthy (can't we all just get along?). But some of the information is fascinating. It certainly would make for interesting dinner conversation to think about the longer term impact of these societal changes. Here are the highlights:
- At sperm selection clinics (where you can pick the sex of your baby), requests for girls run at about 75%.
- "For every two men who will receive a B.A. this year, three women will do the same. Women now earn 60 percent of master’s degrees, about half of all law and medical degrees, and 42 percent of all M.B.A.s."
- "In 2006, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development devised the Gender, Institutions and Development Database, which measures the economic and political power of women in 162 countries. With few exceptions, the greater the power of women, the greater the country’s economic success. Aid agencies have started to recognize this relationship and have pushed to institute political quotas in about 100 countries, essentially forcing women into power in an effort to improve those countries’ fortunes."
- "Earlier this year, for the first time in American history, the balance of the workforce tipped toward women, who now hold a majority of the nation’s jobs."
- "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women now hold 51.4 percent of managerial and professional jobs—up from 26.1 percent in 1980. They make up 54 percent of all accountants and hold about half of all banking and insurance jobs. About a third of America’s physicians are now women, as are 45 percent of associates in law firms—and both those percentages are rising fast."
- "And while female CEOs may be rare in America’s largest companies, they are highly prized: last year, they outearned their male counterparts by 43 percent, on average, and received bigger raises."
What do you think of all this?
More on fishies tomorrow...