Posts Tagged ‘women’

Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Fri Jun 10th 2011 at 10:00am UTC

Skills and the Great (Male) Stagnation

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Ever since Hannah Rosin’s Atlantic essay “The End of Men” there has been great speculation about the effects of the ongoing economic crisis – as well as the broader, longer running economic transformation that the recession is part and parcel of – on the relative economic positions of men and women. Some have even gone so far as to dub the current crisis the “mancession,” though male employment appears to have turned up sharply over the past year..

Alex Tabarrok’s insightful post at Marginal Revolution bears on this issue. Take look at the two charts below from his analysis. The first compares the rate of growth in real economic output (GDP) per capita to median male income for the period 1947 to 2010.  The second does the same for women.


Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Fri Oct 8th 2010 at 1:15pm UTC

What Makes Women Rich

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Women make up the majority of the U.S. workforce and an even larger majority of knowledge, professional, and creative workers. In a provocative and controversial essay in The Atlantic, Hannah Rosin argues that the post-industrial economy is better suited to the types of skills and capabilities women possess. The current economic crisis has been dubbed a “mancession” by some - as men in blue-collar jobs have borne the brunt of layoffs and unemployment.

But economic opportunity for women varies widely across the globe, according to an important new measure, the Women’s Economic Opportunity Index, released recently by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The Index provides an empirical gauge of the status and opportunity afforded women across 113 nations. Spanning 26 separate variables on women in the labor market, educational outcomes and opportunity, women’s legal and social status, access to finance, and the general business environment, it is drawn from data from the World Bank, the UN, the International Labour Organization, the World Economic Forum, and the OECD, along with a series of new indicators.


Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Mon Aug 18th 2008 at 5:55pm UTC


Monday, August 18th, 2008

It’s conventional wisdom that smart people (or smart women) are having fewer kids. But according to this report (h/t Kevin Stolarick), that may be old news. Here are some key findings:

  • Highly educated women (those with a graduate or professional degree) had the highest level of “current fertility” – that is, babies born in the last year.
  • More than half of recent mothers (57 percent) are working.
  • About one in five women age 40-44 were childless (nearly twice as high as the level 30 years earlier).
  • Among recent mothers, more than a third (36 percent) were separated, widowed, divorced, or never married.

Read the press release.

Aleem Kanji
by Aleem Kanji
Sat May 24th 2008 at 9:33am UTC

Paris, The Way it Was Meant to be Seen?

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

A highly controversial new book out by a speech writer for a high ranking Minister, across the pond in France is making all the rage.

What’s the fuss you ask? – well, get a load of the title:  The book is called Guide des jolies femmes de Paris (Guide to the Pretty Women of Paris).  A bit of a self-help book to exploring the best Parisian “feminine specialties.”  The book goes on to list the best spots in Paris for various parts of the female anatomy and other locations for typical hangouts, distinguished by female age-demographic in Paris.


I have been to Paris, but mainly relied on my Lonely Planet book to help me navigate through the streets to find the best cafes, art galleries and other familiar tourist sites.  Of course, ‘people watching’ was listed as being very much a part of Parisian culture.

What are your thoughts?  Is this book blatant sexism, or is this adding a different dimension to how cities should be viewed?

…just when we thought French President Nicholas Sarkozy didn’t have enough on his plate already.

Aleem Kanji