Why Men Are Losing Their Jobs, and Women Are Keeping Them


Today something unsurprising cropped up on page one of the Times: Of the thousands of job cuts, 82 percent of those getting laid off are dudes. This is something we’ve noticed anecdotally as the recession has picked up speed: Our female friends have been getting raises and promotions, while dudes are losing their jobs left and right. The Times says this is because:

Women tend to be employed in areas like education and health care, which are less sensitive to economic ups and downs, and in jobs that allow more time for child care and other domestic work.

This is undoubtedly true, and certainly the wiped-out finance industry, which was full of dudes, has tipped the scale. But we also think these numbers must have something to do with the fact that women get paid less, and are more inclined to martyr themselves by working longer hours and doing shit work. Your thoughts?

As Layoffs Surge, Women May Pass Men in Job Force [NYT]