Interesting Observation About Gender Differences
In an editorial I read this morning David Brooks, New York Times says, “The financial rewards to education have increased over the past few decades, but men failed to get the memo.” In 1954, 96 percent of American men between the ages of 25 and 54 worked. Now the number is down to 80 percent. The latest jobs report shows male labor participation at an all time low.
Young Women Doing Better Than Young Men
Millions of men are collecting disability. According to Michael Greenstone of the Hamilton Project, annual earnings for median prime age males have dropped 28 percent over the past 40 years. Women in their 20’s out earn men in their 20s. Brooks speculates that women are more fluid than men and take school more seriously. He believes women look for new jobs and new opportunities–going back to college and pursuing new careers.
Are Women Embracing the Freedom of Being Single?
Recently I talked to a friend who has been widowed for several years. I congratulated her on her recent engagement. She laughed. “He’s a great guy,” she said, “but I like being single. I decided not to get married.” I wonder how many women, like my friend, are choosing autonomy over connection. What does that mean for the future of marriage?