Women Take Over Job Market

From the USA Today:

Women are on the verge of outnumbering men in the workforce for the first time, a historic reversal caused by long-term changes in women’s roles and massive job losses for men during this recession.

Women held 49.83% of the nation’s 132 million jobs in June and they’re gaining the vast majority of jobs in the few sectors of the economy that are growing, according to the most recent numbers available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That’s a record high for a measure that’s been growing steadily for decades and accelerating during the recession. At the current pace, women will become a majority of workers in October or November. The data for July will be released Friday.

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38 Responses to “Women Take Over Job Market”


  1. 1 Taylor L. September 3, 2009 at 7:05 AM

    I dont find it surprising that the number of women in the workforce is rising. Women are becoming more and more independent from their traditional house rolls, and unfortunately more women are unmarried or divorced. Another reason this may be is due to the fact that since the economy is so bad, both the husband and wife are forced to work, versus one person working and the other being an “at home” parent.

  2. 2 alexandria horton September 3, 2009 at 7:16 AM

    YOU GO GIRLS!! I wonder if it is the fact that men are getting lazy or the fact that we live in a sex driven society. Therefore, the men who hire the women just want something nice to look at all day and lower the amount of testosterone in the workplace. I think it’s a combination of both, maybe because of the fact that women weren’t offered the opportunities that men were in the past it has been evolutionized into the biological make-up of women to strive, educate, vote, and beat the men at their own game. One could only hope. We did almost have a woman president, well not exactly, but women are breaking barriers. As I look around the class now I see 8 women and 6 men, what does it mean?

  3. 3 PANAMA September 3, 2009 at 7:18 AM

    I think this is dope. Women about to take over all the jobs. I think women are more responsible in the first place. I think women take things more seriouse so they would be able to get the job done faster and better then men. I like the fact that more places are starting to accept women working and their starting to give women jobs. Women used to not be able to work.It used to be a guy thing and women were supposed to stay home and take care of the cleaning, cooking and family. I’m glade that has changed because thats not somthing i would be doing.

  4. 4 Charles McNeil September 3, 2009 at 10:51 PM

    Wow. I guess this could be viewed as one of the “good things” to come out of the recession. If you’re a woman, that is… not so much if you’re an unemployed man. Women make up the majority of the world’s population, so it only follows that they should make up the majority of the workforce.

    I wonder how much of this can be attributed to cost-efficiency. Female labor does tend to be cheaper than male labor. Perhaps the real victory for female laborers, will come when they can take equality home every other Friday, in the form of a paycheck.

  5. 5 Matthew Abang September 4, 2009 at 7:36 AM

    With the economy today, it is good for anyone to have a job. If the husband has been laid off, then it is lucky that the wife is able to continue providing for the family. While people should be hired because of the skills they have, this also represents the gains that women have made over the past century. I disagree that men are lazy, though. I know many men that are hardworking members of society. From experience, I think keeping your job in this recession comes down to working hard, being dependable, and being productive on the job. It is not about what gender you are. Again, employment should be fair and based on certain qualifications. On the other hand, many companies would most likely be proud to say that they have more women than men working for them.

  6. 6 Amanda Chow September 4, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    I actually did find this surprising because we live in a patriarchic society where majority of the work force is dominated by males. I am glad to hear that more women have the opportunity to find work, but i would think that there would be more jobs applicable to men such as hard labor work. I also do not think it is good at the same time because a lot of fathers will be out of work, and typically a family relies on the father to support the family. They also can become inferior to their wives which has been proven to result in spousal abuse. In the future I hope to see equal opportunity for both men and women so that the nation with have some sort of equilibrium.

  7. 7 Maria Rogan September 4, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    I believe this current event to be really interesting. I also agree that it is extremely hard for anyone to find jobs no matter what gender you are. I find it funny how women are receiving and keeping their jobs more than men, especially since men were more dominant than women years ago. On the other hand, I feel bad for the men that cannot get jobs. If a man does not bring in enough money to support himself or a family, it will ultimately hurt their way of life. It might even hurt his “man-hood”. The country needs to step up and fix the recession and economic problems that are disturbing society.

  8. 8 Amanda Herrera September 4, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Increase in unemployment rate is sad for anyone whether man or woman. However, this article is surprising because for years women have always been picked on but now men are the ones being effected negatively. This would be extremely hard for traditional families where the husband and wife still believe in the husband should be the sole provider and the wife should stay at home with the kids. On the other hand more and more families are straying away from this concept, where both husband and wife are equal providers. Thus, it is surprising to see women having less of an unemployment rate then men even though it doesn’t matter whether one gender is better than the other since both should be seen as equal.

  9. 9 marie moussa September 7, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Women’s roles in history are changing. Women are no longer staying at home. Women these days are more open for education. They are trying to work hard to prove to society that they can work like men have in the past. I don’t know about why the number of women working is growing and might pass the number of men working.

  10. 10 alanna heaney September 8, 2009 at 7:08 AM

    I think this article is awesome. Women need to be viewed this way. We were always on the lowest sector back in the days. Women were the ones staying home and making dinner and cleaning the house but maybe the roles are changing if women are the ones holding the most jobs. This is crazy I would have never thought. Women are standing up and proving to the world that we deserve to be recognized and that women are doing! Yay!

  11. 11 Christopher Morris September 8, 2009 at 7:40 AM

    Well there’s always a bright side to everything. I guess this economic hole we’re in isn’t effecting women as much as it is men. It’s good to finally see some equality for women and it’s good to see they’re holidng their jobs. One thing I am thinkin of is that maybe it has something to do with the fact that typically women get paid less than men so it’s cheaper to keep them on the work force? I’m not sure if that’s one of the big reasons but it is something to look into.

  12. 12 David Perez September 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    I think that this article is positive in a time where our economy is bad. However, due to the times, I think women are going into the workforce because they have too. Not only that, as the person above stated, some employers might be taking advantage of women (e.g. cheaper wages). The single parent now a days cannot provide for the average family of four, and so, must find ways to provide. Nonetheless, it is good that women are getting into jobs anyways. It helps bring a little bit more diversity into the old ideology of patriarchy.

  13. 13 Ruby S September 8, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    This is very interesting news, especially because of the recession I would think that everyone would be losing thier jobs equally as well as gaining few jobs which would keep the percentages from changing too much. The numbers seem to be proving that women are now having to leave the home and help bring in a larger income for the family as a whole as well as a lot of the single mothers who are struggling to keep a steady income.
    The loss of jobs for everyone is tough, but the loss of jobs for more men could have a negative effect on families with just a working mother in a respect to keeping the ‘American Way’ of a man being the main provider and could even cause more stress on marriages. I am all for working women doing what they want to do, but I wish there were an equal number of jobs for both men and women.

  14. 14 Larry Oppenheimer September 8, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    I think there is quite a bit of complexity behind this trend. I think that the fact that women still generally get lower wages does factor into this some, as well as the economic need for two incomes in households in order to make ends meet. But there are other things going on, too.

    I think this trend is also a reflection of societal change, but not necessarily change happening now. In the late ’60s and early ’70s is when women first started demanding alternatives to the traditional roles they had been confined to up until then. From that time on, the numbers of women enrolling in college started to increase dramatically. Now, 40 years or so later, we are seeing the next generation of women coming out of college in even larger numbers and entering the workforce.

    While it is unquestionably a good thing that more women have jobs (and let us remark that there are still some who prefer to be homemakers, which is, in my view, an equally valuable, honorable, and difficult pursuit), it is not a good thing that so many men (alas, including myself) have lost jobs. It has long been men’s traditional role to work and earn a living, and it can make one feel devalued to be out of work and unable to find a job. Job hunting is a strange emotional space for anyone, in which the job hunter is constantly trying to convince someone else (potential employers) that he or she is worth something, and, being rejected, begins to doubt it himself or herself.

    While I think that, for most men, this does not lead to domestic violence (while acknowledging that it does for some), it is nonetheless destructive to the household.

    Ultimately, the effect of this on the economy is not simply the direct impact from the household havng less income, but also that there are additional stresses on the family, emotional difficulties that can lead to breakups and breakdowns. It ain’t a pretty thing.

  15. 15 Yolly T. September 9, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    The article brings this shinning light into peoples eyes well maybe women more than men. But with the situation that everyone is going through, its nice to know that at least some people are finding jobs. I think that one day there will be as many women in the work force and maybe more. I mean, if they dont work what are they suppose to spend their time doing. They go to school and get a degree, it would be a waste. But as someone mention before with the economy, some employers can take advantage of hiring someone just because of the bargaining chip

  16. 16 Nicole Hernandez September 10, 2009 at 7:19 AM

    I think this article is interesting. It seems like its about time that women are outnumbering men in the job market. All the hard work that women have done for years has finally paid off. Women have had to overcome all the stereotypes of being stay at home moms. They are more independent now and don’t have to worry about being dependent on a male.

  17. 17 Michelle Benton September 11, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    I tend to agree with Larry. I think the current trend of woman being able to keep and get jobs right now is due to the fact that woman will work for less and are typically paid less in companies. Although woman have come a long way in equality in pay, there is still a glass ceiling. I think the higher paid employees of companies are the ones getting laid off first. Companies are just adding workload to the employees that they are keeping. What’s happening is if you want to keep your job, you work more for the same pay. Congratulations women, we will now be overworked and underpaid…

    I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say “you should just be happy to have a job.” You may be right at this point in time, but there was just another excuse not to pay us what we are worth before this one. Gotta go. There are dishes to do, laundry to be done, and kids to nurture before I wake to put in another 10 hours. I don’t have kids, but you get my point.

  18. 18 Ben Petersen September 15, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    This is a good sign, but no surprise. Women have continued to work hard and fight for equal rights in the workforce for years. There is still a lot of progress to be made, but much has been accomplished already. It is traditional to fall back on the norm and find protection under a male, who runs the household and work outside the home. Many frown upon the uprising in numbers of women in the job market, but it is inevitable. Women deserve just as much right to go out and provide for themselves as do men.

  19. 19 Gina September 15, 2009 at 7:38 AM

    This is great! I think this is due to the fact that so many people are being layed off or worrying that they might be, that now both husband and wife in the household are starting to look for work. Women have come a long way from not being allowed to work at all, to now holding the majority of jobs. I am proud!

  20. 20 Alex Stauffer September 15, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    This article is a great thing. I can only imagine how all the women that fought for our equality would feel if they read those statistics. It’s amazing to see that women really are the front runners in our work force. In an episode of Oprah I watched several months ago there was a expert in the work force and psychology who interviewed a man who wrote a book about how a women took HIS job. the episode was very interesting through the ways in which the expert asked the main question, “Who every told you it was your job?” This man had the assumption that because he was a male in this company that a women would never be able to surpass him in his rank. He mentions that if another male would have he would have known that he was obviously more qualified for the position.

    I guess with the example I give I just wonder how the males feel about this. How they are responding to the women who are taking these jobs because of their intellect and work experience.

  21. 21 Samantha Vavricka September 18, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    This does not surprise me. I’ve always said women have a better chance at getting a lucrative paying job with or without education, because there are so many more job opportunities for women. From clerical to administrative. For a man to get a lucrative paying job, they pretty much have to get a college education, otherwise they are working labor jobs, such as construction. Don’t get me wrong those can be lucrative jobs, but they are usually seasonal and come with layoffs. Also, there are more women who want to have a career instead of be a stay at home mom, plus with the economy both parents are having to work to pay the bills.

  22. 22 Samantha Fagundes September 20, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    This is not surprising because women have been working so hard in our sexist society to be equal to men and finally women are able to outnumber men in the workforce. Women have accomplished so much overtime and its great to see that finally the progress is making a difference. Women have gone from having to stay at home, clean up, and take care of the kids while their husbands work, to actually making things happen in society. Hopefully we keep up the progress!

  23. 23 Kaleen Scott September 26, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    This was the best news I’ve read all day. Growing up, men have always had the better of the jobs and I’m noticing in my particular field, hospitality, there are more women in charge than men. I think I’m going in the right direction.

  24. 24 Margaret Garbo October 4, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    I love this article and how it gives light to what women can do. Women are capable of many things and their drive to reach equality with the men is finally showing. You’d hear in highschool how women used to be just housewives, going to school to learn how to cook and sew, etc. Now things have definitely changed and it is only a natural consequence that women are taking over the job market because what else will they do with the education that they are getting?
    But another perspective of this could be, as the number of women in the job market increase, what is happening to life at home? Who is taking care of the children? Social interpersonal relationship in the home? Women play important roles in society and the question now is, who takes over when the women are out working?

  25. 25 Kirstie Scott October 16, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    I think it’s great that women are holding on to their jobs and “they’re gaining the vast majority of jobs in the few sectors of the economy that are growing” but this is also misleading. Women may make up “49.83% of the nation’s 132 million jobs” and it’s also great that this number is growing you have to look at all the facts and statistics here. The ratio of male to female of CEO’s is still greatly out of propionate. And yes, women are maintaining their jobs, but what type of jobs? And their pay is still less then men. I think that this article is greatly oversimplified. It would be like saying that racism is over just because we have a black president, highly untrue.

  26. 26 Genine Lobo October 21, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    This is great new to many women and pushes them to strive for bigger and better positions in their work force. Although many women are paid lower salaries and may have a lower ranking than men in their office, there are many other women who have earned the leading roles in their offices. There are also many women who hold the leading role in their families by working full time while their husband tends to the children and house work. Although a woman’s status in the work force may not be completely proportionate to that of males, in due time this number will certainly get closer. Women’s roles have certainly grown over the last century, and I do not doubt this number to decrease in the future.

  27. 27 Anna Chkhikvishvili October 26, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    I have to say that i am not surprised by this at all. Women have been stepping up and taking advantage of this recession. Women have always been looked upon as the housewife who does everything around the house, and the husband would be the one to bring in the money. However, time has changed this. Women now have been the ones bringing in the money when the dads stay home with the kids and prepare food.
    I am certain that women would find this article empowering, and some men, not all but some, would find this article unrealistic. The truth is that women have been working hard for a very long time and it is about time to show some appreciation.

  28. 28 Kali Hardcastle November 17, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    this is a really interesting article. however, im not surprised. we discussed this topic in my anthropology class about how womens roles are changing in society, especially in the workforce. i think this has to do with a few things. besides the fact that women make up over half the population, women are no longer staying at home. i attribute this to the fact that a family can no longer depend on only one salary to support itself. i know of a lot of women who would love to be stay at home moms if they could afford to, but financially they cant. my mom is a perfect example of that. with three daughters, ranging from me (sophomore in college), a 17 year old, and a 20 month old baby, my parents would not be able to afford to stay home, especially when so much goes into a college education. therefore, most women choose to work.

  29. 29 Karla Martinez November 23, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    I am glad to hear this mainly because it is another reason for women not to feel the need to depend on a man. This doesn’t surprise me because women are known for their ability to multi-task. I know a lot of women who work and are still the primary care takers of their children, while the husbands usually just focus on work. I think the recession is a good time for women to step up to the plate and show that they are a huge asset to this country as a part of the labor force, and not just as housewifes, as was the case in past decades.

  30. 30 Anna Hernandez November 28, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    i am not surprised the amount of women in the workforce is increasing. times have changed. the human mindset regarding gender roles, personalities, and intelligence have changed. although women are creeping up in the workforce, most men hold the top executive positions. hopefully this will change with time but i must say that when a woman holds a top-position, or is a business-owner, she is sometimes awed at as if a woman could never hold such a position. when a man holds a top position, it is not awed at or frown upon, it is accepted as the norm. i hope this changes as well. i hope the reaction to a successful woman is neither to admire nor frown up, it should be accepted as normal.

    one thing i have noticed is women tend to have a large presence in the field of human resources. not quite sure why this is…

  31. 31 Hyo Kim November 30, 2009 at 12:27 AM

    Well, it’s good to hear that women workforce are increasing,
    in my country, this is happening, too. However, it is still fact that the social work condition for women is harder than men.

  32. 32 yvonne December 3, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    It’s great to read something like this. For years women have been trying there best to get in and fit in with the workimg class men. Women have just not be so welcomed or recognize as workers. The old stereotype is homemakers popping out babies. Been there done that, for most of the women. What a better time to take advantage of than the recession. Women did back in world war I and world war II.
    We have that one skill a man can’t seem to nail down and that’s multi-tasking as Karla mentioned. Good for you Ladies, I’m proud.

  33. 33 Martin M December 6, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Coming from a man’s point of view, I am a huge supporter for women. I am happy to see that Women are finally beginning to get this high of a ranking. Out of all honesty, this is all news to me. I would have never expected this high of a percent. This is a very positive article for women and I think it should be looked as inspiration so that the women in my life can continue to work and keep this percent high.

  34. 34 amos mccray-goldsmith December 7, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    it really speakes to the power and ability that women have. not only are they very close to surpassing men in number in the job market. there is also the idea of women caring for the children that has continued and been a staple in our society forever. and for the women that have to balance both, work and caring for the children and the house i say bravo because balancing all of those responsibilities is trully a hard job.

  35. 35 wallacej December 8, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    This is good to see women rising in the workforce. It shows how far they have come from voting etc. Altough this is great there still is much more to improve such as wages. Although women are joing the workforce in numbers what about how much they make it terms of men. This is a huge fact to look at.

  36. 36 Brodeick Nickelberry Jr. December 13, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    This is good to hear. Females and males should be treated equally. And in some jobs i see females can be trusted more. and easier for them to get a job than us males. so this is great to know that this ranking is finally equaling out.

  37. 37 Rochelle Galzote December 14, 2009 at 9:41 PM

    This is good news hearing that women are proving that they can do what men can do and sometimes can do it even better. I’m tired of hearing men say that I can’t do something because I’m a girl and i LOVE proving them wrong.

  38. 38 Colette Whitney May 18, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    I am not surprised by this article. Now since women have all the same rights as men, it is now becoming equal in the job force. Before, women were stay at home moms, and did not work. That is not the case anymore. Though, they still make less than men, this does not stop them from working, and hopefully one day they will make the same wages. I also think as time goes on the percentage of men and women will be exactly equal and maybe higher for women because like somebody said above, there are more women in the population than men. Hopefully one day all races and sex will be completely equal in job status and wage rates.


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