Monday, 1 August 2011

Men lost most of the jobs but feminists skewed the stimulus to women's jobs.

This story expands on an Instapundit post, using his links.
Men Have Lost 192 Jobs for Every 100 Jobs Lost by Women Since Jan. 2008
Mark Perry offers the chart below.  (The recovery curve for males is up but has a long way to go).
From The Weekly Standard in 2009:  The shovel-ready stimulus was refocused away from infrastructure to include the relatively recession-proof fields of education and healthcare. Those fields were re-branded as 'human infrastructure'.    This happened in the fall of 2008 when  an umbrella organization, WEAVE  (Women's Equality Adds Value to the Economy) intervened successfully with the White House.  "We don't want this stimulus package to just create jobs for burly men".   The Standard's comment may be unfair: "Our incoming president did what many sensible men do when confronted by a chorus of female complaint: He changed his plan."   
In March 2009, this appeared on the NOW website: "When she and her allies saw the final recovery package, they were amazed to find 'over and over' versions of 'very specific proposals that we had made.' More than that, the programs NOW had proposed had vast sums of money next to them--'numbers that started with a 'B' (as in billion)' "
If you consider the Stimulus ineffective, the linkage to the WEAVE story is irrelevant.  Another view is that high-wage infrastructure and manufacturing jobs are the ones most at risk and many of them were ready to move offshore.

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