Gender Issues: Women’s Labor Days

What if a billion underutilized women entered the global economy during the next 10 years? Economies might get these growth rate boosts: Sweden: 2% US: 5% Brazil: 9% Japan: 9% South Africa: 10% United Arab Emirates: 12% India: 27% How? An…

Unemployment: Is It All About Participation Rates?

Yes, at  7.6%, the unemployment rate is almost the same as last month. So too, at 11.7 million is the number of unemployed people. But some analysts think something is changing radically. They are concerned about participation rates. When we…

Augusta National Golf Club and Women

With Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore soon to become the Augusta National Golf Club’s first female members, I keep thinking about how women have become more valuable. The reason takes us back to the family. Assume for a moment that a…

Working Moms: The Good and the Bad News

Two recent studies about working moms give good news and bad. The good first. If you work during your child’s first year, and you contribute considerably to the family income, or if your child care is very good, or if…

A Woman’s Impact

In a Washington Post article with the heading, “‘Potty Parity’ hearing set for today,” I discovered that the U.S. Congress was working on a bill to increase the number of female restrooms in federal buildings. Testimony began yesterday. Watching the PBS…

Equal Pay For Equal Work?

Having read that “Women Now A Majority In American Workplace” (NY Times, 2/6/10, A10), I wondered how much the wage differential had changed from the 1980s when women’s weekly earnings averaged close to 70 percent of men’s. The Institute for…