The front page of the New York Times has an article about men being hit harder than women in the recession layoffs (As Layoffs Surge, Women May Pass Men in Job Force). And boy, have there been layoffs. Today’s job report for January is dismal.
In one way, I welcome the story because it’s at least demonstrating the real contributions women are making during this recession. I’m ready to pull my hair out if I see one more anecdote-filled fluff piece on:
- women suffering for no longer having a rich boyfriend;
- men having to learn how to be fathers now that they are laid off;
- women saving the economy through coupons; or
- women’s cost-consciousness by choosing a used wedding dress;
- Let alone the fashion series encouraging women to discover discount shopping and buying basics.
Up until now, the biggest contribution that women as a collective force have made on the economy is buying more lipstick (known as the Lipstick Index). And even that depends on who you ask.
So, while this piece is certainly not good news for women, I am grateful for the first step towards a shift in the paradigm about women's role in the economy.
[P.S. Women Do! has a nice reality check on the real story in the Time's article: "The most popular story on the NYT's website today is a business piece about how women are getting ready to overtake men in the workforce--not by salary or prestige, but by sheer numbers. The reason: They're not getting laid off as much. The reason they're not getting laid off as much: They do crap jobs for no money."]