“Have Women Done It?” asks Folbre in NY Times Economix Blog

Nancy Folbre, UMass Economics Professor
Nancy Folbre, UMass Economics Professor

In her most recent New York Times Economix Blog, UMass Economics Professor Nancy Folbre challenges a recent cover story of  The Economist titled, “We Did It!  What happens when women are over half the workforce?”

January 11, 2010, 7:11 am
Have Women Done It?



The Economist notes that women remain underrepresented in management positions but registers considerable optimism concerning current trends.

By contrast, recent research by the sociologists Philip Cohen, Matt Huffman and Stefanie Knauer showed that women’s entry into management positions in the United States slowed significantly in the 1990s.

The Economist also cheerfully asserts that “Men have, by and large, welcomed women’s invasion of the workplace.” Their choice of words is surely ironic, but I was left wondering how well women are represented on the staff of the magazine.

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