By Tom Z
10:15 AM EDT, September 12, 2012
For a long time we’ve heard about the differences in pay between men and women; how women earn 70 cent to a man’s dollar despite doing equal work. It seems that the current recession has changed all of that. It’s men who are now struggling, losing jobs en masse while more and more women are getting hired for important positions. What caused this change? Here’s one opinion, from the NY Times:
In elementary and high school, male academic performance is lagging. Boys earn three-quarters of the D’s and F’s. By college, men are clearly behind. Only 40 percent of bachelor’s degrees go to men, along with 40 percent of master’s degrees.
Thanks to their lower skills, men are dropping out of the labor force.
The women she meets are flooding into new jobs and new opportunities — going back to college, pursuing new careers. The men are waiting around for the jobs that left and are never coming back. They are strangely immune to new options.
Let’s not forget that most CEOs are still men. Guys are hit-or-miss. We're like USC football. Sometimes we're winning the National Championship, and sometimes we're on probation for rules violations. Meanwhile girls are more like Texas A&M. They always end up 7-5 and playing in the Alamo Bowl. I know that might sound harsh, but don't worry, the metaphor involves football, so no girls will understand.
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