Thursday, December 31, 2009

Women's Role in the Changing Workplace

With the roles of women switching places with men in the workplace, you can be sure that they will increasingly be affected by permanent lifetime alimony in upcoming divorce cases. The eventual and logical outcome of it will be a growing demand from the women to reform the outmoded alimony laws that will put them at risk of supporting someone for the rest of their lives.

As long as they are on the receiving end, little will be done towards this end. Their tune will change when they are on the giving end of permanent lifetime alimony and finally see the injustice that prevails.

Statistics showing this role-changing phenomena can be seen in such articles as the ones below:

Women gain as men lose jobs
By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY

Women are on the verge of outnumbering men in the workforce for the first time, a historic reversal caused by long-term changes in women's roles and massive job losses for men during this recession.

Women held 49.83% of the nation's 132 million jobs in June and they're gaining the vast majority of jobs in the few sectors of the economy that are growing, according to the most recent numbers available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That's a record high for a measure that's been growing steadily for decades and accelerating during the recession. At the current pace, women will become a majority of workers in October or November. The data for July will be released Friday.

"It was a long historical slog to get to this point," says labor economist Heidi Hartmann, president of the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

The change reflects the growing importance of women as wage earners, but it doesn't show full equality, Hartmann says. On average, women work fewer hours than men, hold more part-time jobs and earn 77% of what men make, she says. Men also still dominate higher-paying executive ranks.

Combine the above article with the facts of how more men are being hurt by the current recession and you can extrapolate the consequences of this as relates to men in their major role of paying alimony and continued ability to do so.

Older white males hurt more by this recession
By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY

Dean Canaris, 56, a quality engineer for a Honda automotive supplier, was laid off in April and out the door in 30 minutes with no severance.

Harry Jackson, 55, an airline pilot and supervisor, lost his job in 2007 and, to his surprise, has found it nearly impossible to get another job.

Mark Montgomery, 53, was let go from an Owens Corning insulation factory in April and can't afford his $575 monthly mortgage payment.

These men from the Columbus, Ohio, area are the unusual new faces of joblessness in this groundbreaking recession: older men cut loose from employment at the peak of their earning power and work experience.

In previous recessions, veteran workers were largely spared the pain of widespread job cutbacks, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Layoffs tended to be concentrated among younger workers: The younger you were, the more likely you were to get fired. Traditional, bread-winning older males — especially white men — were the least vulnerable.

Not so today. Aging Baby Boomers are suffering a harsh employment bust.