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set to outnumber men at work in America
One person's adversity is often another's opportunity. That's
to be the case in recession-hit North America. A spurt in firing of men and
hiring of women has resulted in women now outnumbering men in the Canadian
workforce, accounting for 50.9% of the country's 14 million salaried
In the US, too, women now hold 49.8% of that country's 132 million jobs and
projected to cross the 50% mark by the first quarter of 2010 when the US will -
according to President Barack Obama - come out of recession.
American daily USA Today has described this as a historic reversal caused by
long-term changes in women's roles and job losses for men during recession.
''Women are gaining the majority of jobs in the few sectors of the
are growing,'' the newspaper said. As a matter of fact, at the current
women could even outnumber male workers in the US by November this year.
Across the border in Canada, there are 160,000 more women in jobs than men,
according to The Toronto Star.
Nobody in Canada really noticed when in 2007 women first outnumbered men in the
workforce for three months from February to April. But this year, women's
dominance in paid employment (50.9%) clearly marks a turning point. This is the
first time it has lasted this long and the differences have been significantly
In the US, gender transformation is particularly visible in local
14.6 million work force. Cities, schools, water authorities and other local
jurisdictions have cut out 86,000 men from payrolls during the recession while
adding 167,000 women.
The postal service is cutting tens of thousands of unionised, blue collar jobs
dominated by men while new hires are expanding in teaching and other fields
dominated by college educated women.
But analysts say these figures could be red herrings and that the historic
milestones hold little promise for women in their longstanding battle for
The Toronto Star said women still make up about 70% of part-time workers and
60% of minimum wage earners in Canada.
"Nearly 40% are in precarious jobs that are poorly paid with little or no
benefits," it said. And the average full-time female worker earns just
71.4 cents for every dollar earned by a man.
In US, the boost has come due to massive job cuts in male-dominated professions
such as construction and manufacturing. Through June, men lost 74% of the 6.4
million jobs erased since the recession began. Men have lost over 3 million
jobs in construction and manufacturing alone.
Labour economist Heidi Hartmann says the change reflects the growing importance
of women as wage earners, but it doesn't show full equality. "On
women work fewer hours than men, hold more part-time jobs and earn 77% of what
men make," she said. Men also still dominate higher-paying executive
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