Did Women Really Win the Recession?

Mar 8, 2012

Remember the so-called Man-cession? That was the gloomy prophesy made early in the global economic downturn when construction, manufacturing, and other male-dominated industries collapsed. Some, including Hanna Rosin speaking on this program, projected a sign of sea change in America’s gender inequality. A 2010 study showing unmarried, childless, urban female workers earning more than their male counterparts reinforced the possibility that women could dominate in the new economy. 

Not so fast, says Bryce Covert. She is the editor of the New Deal 2.0 blog and a contributor to The Nation, where she wrote about predictions of a female-led recovery and found them to be premature.