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Asza Valdimarsdottir
Stringer (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Born in Iceland, raised in Malaysia and Thailand. Did an Undergraduate degree in English Literature in Ontario, Canada and an MA in International Broadcast Journalism in London, United Kingdom. Currently a stringer for an International (undisclosed) News Agency in Iceland. Oh, and Asza is pronounced 'ah-sha'.

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Women are taking over the world

Published 28th August 2010 - 5 comments - 5217 views -

The end of Men
For years, women struggled to fight for equality - but now it doesn't seem that equality is the end stop. Women, slowly but surely, are taking over the world. For every two men that get a college degree, three women do the same. Thirty or forty years ago, this may not have been such a big deal: Men could enter the workforce right out of highschool and be the breadwinners for their families, while the women (whether educated or not) would stay at home 'barefoot and pregnant'. This change in society has been a quick one: women no longer *need* men.

The job spread
While men still dominate janitor and computer engineer roles, women dominate the rest (out of fifteen job categories presented) including: nursing, child care & food preparation. Women who go into further education, even if it's just an Undergraduate Degree, are going into "male" jobs, but the role-reversal is one-sided. Getting men to go into nursing or teaching, for example, seems to be near unattainable. "Over the course of the past century, feminism has pushed women to do things once considered against their nature - first enter the workforce as singles, then continue to work while married, then work even with small children at home."

But women take maternity leave
Yes. Many women want children, and for a long time this seemed to result in women not be able to obtain a high status within a company as the 'guys on top' wouldn't want to give the important roles to a woman who'd leave the company to have kids: better than give it to a man who can have kids and continue working. But this is slowly fading out of the corporate world and instead of 'mommy track', the term 'flex time' is being used. Many college graduates, myself included, want a job that offers flexibility. Very few (or so I'm lead to believe) want to enter a job that requires you to be stuck inside an office or a cubicle for 9hrs a day, five or six days a week. So, Deloitte (consulting firm) has implemented a program called Mass Career Customization that allows employees to adjust their hours depending on their life stage.

Not too shabby, is it?

 

 

This blog post is based on 'The End of Men', written by Hanna Rosin for The Atlantic. Article in its entirety can be found at http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-end-of-men/8135/


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Comments

  • Giedre Steikunaite on 30th August 2010:

    I agree with Radka. Women are not taking over the world, far from it. The world is much more than a bunch of countries with non-discriminatory laws in practice.


  • Ian Sullivan on 31st August 2010:

    I think that women are a long way from equality as of yet. Even in the UK (were we have non-discriminatory laws) women are under-represented as MPs (only 22%), under represented in cabinet (only 4 out of 29 - there were more Dave’s than women when the cabinet was announced) and of FTSE 100 companies only 15 (it may have changed from this but only slightly) have women CEOs….


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