WBEZ | Peter Coy http://www.wbez.org/tags/peter-coy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The end of the 'mancession': More jobs for some men, but what about women? http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-28/end-mancession-more-jobs-some-men-what-about-women-97679 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-28/(Flickr - Victor 1558) stock professional woman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" height="300" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-28/%28Flickr%20-%20Victor%201558%29%20stock%20professional%20woman_edit.jpg" title="" width="400"></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to this conversation</span></p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/120328 seg a mp3.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-128626" player="null">120328 seg a mp3.mp3</span></p></div></div><p>At the height of the recession - as the housing market was in the dumps and unemployment continued to rise - we heard more and more about the "mancession." Sectors like manufacturing and construction that tend to employ more men were losing jobs at a faster rate than female-dominated industries like health care.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left; ">But as we see signs of economic recovery (although some may argue that <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-03-19/why-3-dot-5-million-job-openings-isnt-great-news" target="_blank">8.3% unemployment is nothing to write home about</a>) men are starting to gain some of those jobs back. Where does that leave women? Are they benefiting from the recovery, too?</p><p style="text-align: left; ">In an <a href="http://www.thenation.com/article/166468/one-mancession-later-are-women-really-victors-new-economy" target="_blank">article for <em>The Nation</em></a>, Bryce Covert says maybe not. She notes that women's unemployment continues to rise, but <a href="http://www.nwlc.org/resource/modest-recovery-beginning-women" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">there may some relief in sight.</a> An important point Covert makes is that male and female workers weren't exactly starting from the same point; gender can still play a role in workplace disparities, such as wage equity.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">This morning on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>, <a href="http://www.iwpr.org/about/staff-and-board/heidi-hartmann" target="_blank">Heidi Hartmann</a> from the Institute for Women's Policy Research explains some of the other ways women and men may not be on a level playing field in the working world, and what policies are in place to improve those disproportionate stats. <em>Bloomberg Businessweek</em> editor <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/authors/2027-peter-coy" target="_blank">Peter Coy</a> also joins in to explain what the mancession really was and how it's fading from our economic outlook.</p></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-28/end-mancession-more-jobs-some-men-what-about-women-97679