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Men Are Finished

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In a modern, post-industrial economy that seems better suited to women than men, many are wondering if men have been permanently left behind. Education and employment statistics point to a clear and growing dominance in women'€™s status at home and in the workplace. Are men primed for a comeback or have the old rules changed for good?

Decline of Men

There are many reasons why the recession is hitting men harder than women. There are also plenty of ideas about how to get men back to work.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Economist

Women today are entering adulthood with more education, more achievements, more property, and, arguably, more money and ambition than their male counterparts. This is a first in human history, and its implications for both sexes are far from simple.

Monday, August 8, 2011
Kay Hymowitz

To survive in a hostile world, guys need to embrace girly jobs and dirty diapers. Why it’s time to re-imagine masculinity at work and at home.

Monday, September 20, 2010
Andrew Romano and Tony Dokoupil
Against the Motion

Contra Hanna Rosin, the problem isn’t men; it’s traditional gender stereotypes.

Thursday, June 10, 2010
Ann Friedman

“Yet count me a skeptic. My hunch is that we’re moving into greater gender balance, not a fundamentally new imbalance in the other direction. Don’t hold your breath for ‘the end of men.’”

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Nicholas D. Kristoff

Men aren’t going anywhere. They’re simply changing and redefining their role in society in ways that defy old stereotypes.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Ricardo Poupada

Men are losing power and failing, so the storyline goes, while women are succeeding and gaining power. Of course, a quick reality check raises some questions on that score.

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Caryl Rivers

The man crisis perpetuates a notion that women are doing just fine—or worse, creating the problems men now face.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Jessica Bennett
Failing Boys

Articles, videos, and polls from the Globe and Mail’s 6-part series on failing boys.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Globe and Mail

Not all boys are underachieving, nor are all girls out-performing boys; educators and policy makers need to address the question of which boys require help becoming literate and what kinds of help educators can provide.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Wayne Martino

The recession has disproportionately hurt men, who are more likely to work in cyclically sensitive industries like manufacturing and construction.

Monday, August 10, 2009
Catherine Rampell

The sluggish recovery from the Great Recession has been better for men than for women. From the end of the recession in June 2009 through May 2011, men gained 768,000 jobs and women, by contrast, lost 218,000 during the same period.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Rakesh Kochhar
Government Statistics

A list of the 30 fastest growing occupations in the United States, according to the U.S. Labor Department and the Bureau of the Labor Statistics.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Includes 101 pages worth of statistics about women in the American labor force.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Bureau of Labor Statistics

This report brings together data from across the Federal government providing a statistical portrait of how women’s lives are changing in five critical areas: people, families, and income; education; employment; health; crime and violence.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Prepared for the White House Council on Women and Girls

Female-owned businesses make up only 1 percent of high-tech startup founders and boast fewer million-dollar-plus companies and theories abound for why there are so few women in tech. But the hubbub obscures the fact that women long have been business owners and entrepreneurs.

Friday, September 10, 2010
Jill Priluck

We've heard a lot about the lack of female entrepreneurs lately, and now we know just how bad it is. According to a study from CB Insights, a whopping 92% of VC-backed founders are men.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Nick Saint

The dichotomy between women’s success in business and their relative absence from the technology industry.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Women in Management

Graphs displaying the percentage of women employed in senior management positions.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The business case for women in management contends that companies that achieve diversity and manage it well attain better financial results, on average, than other companies.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

In the last five years, women and minorities actually lost ground in U.S. corporate boardroom representation, despite solid evidence that greater women's representation in corporate leadership correlates directly with improved business performance.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Sylvia Ann Hewlett
Friday, June 13, 2008
Columbia Business School
Housework & Childcare

A small study found that men are redefining their traditional roles, supporting working partners at home.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Maureen Salamon

Household chores are a frequent source of domestic disputes between lazy husbands and their hard-working wives, but women have been warned not to expect men to pull their weight any time soon.

Friday, May 20, 2011
Tim Ross

Study confirms wives do most household chores.

Monday, April 28, 2008
Bobbie Mixon

Fathers who live with their children have become more intensely involved in their lives, however, the share of fathers who are residing with their children has fallen significantly in the past half century.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Gretchen Livingston and Kim Parker

Bachelor's, master's, and doctor's degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by sex of student and discipline division: 2008-09.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

This article explores the catch-up and reversal in the gender gap in college attendance and graduation.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Claudia Goldin

As may be expected, women do still dominate many of the traditionally "soft" majors. On the list of women's most popular majors, education (No. 4), English (No. 9) and liberal arts (No.10) rank far above their positions on men's list.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Jenna Goudreau

Men still dominate many of the majors with the highest earning potential. Engineering ranks at No. 3 on the list of men's most popular majors, and 83.2% of students in the major are men.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Jenna Goudreau

When it comes to health, men are the weaker sex.

Friday, January 1, 2010
Harvard Men’s Health Watch

Genetic and cultural differences combine to cut men’s average life expectancies, but new research by psychologists is revealing ways to help men take better care of themselves and extend their lives.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Bridget Murray-Law