The Patriarchy Strikes Again

Posted on January 4, 2012 by

From ABC News:

Women are lagging behind men in the nation’s slow economic recovery, new government statistics show.

Of the 1.3 million jobs created in the last 12 months, some 90 percent have gone to men, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Women have gained just 149,000 jobs.

ABC attempts to put the numbers in the proper perspective:

There’s no question that the recession hit men particularly hard, with jobs slashed from traditionally male-dominated sectors like manufacturing and construction. Men have still lost more net jobs than women have since the start of the recession in December 2007, with men losing a net 4.9 million jobs, while women have lost 2.5 million jobs.

But the report falls short as they eventually resort to the standard line of woman-as-victim, and assume an cultural (read: old-fashioned) bias on the part of employers who may choose to hire men because they view men as primary breadwinners even though female income is just as needed by most families:

As unemployed women look for work, experts also point to cultural biases that may hinder their search. While anti-discrimination laws prohibit the practice, some employers may believe that male workers will clock longer hours or be more dedicated to their jobs.

“Women undertake more of the family work than men do,” said Frances Rosenbluth, a professor of international politics and deputy provost for the social sciences at Yale University. “Despite laws, people won’t hire women for jobs that require long hours or travel.”

In other words, they blame the patriarchy.

Full story here.