Will Women Rule Over Men In The Future?

Joshua Glenn writes on Hilobrow:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women will likely overtake men in the American workforce some time this month or next. In August, women held 49.9 percent of the nation’s 132 million nonfarm jobs. Why? Because 80 percent of the 5.1 million people who have lost their jobs in this recession are men; and women are gaining the vast majority of jobs in the few sectors of the economy that are growing.

Doesn’t having, then raising children keep many women out of the workforce? Not so much. A chart posted to the NY Times’ Economix blog notes that women across the board have entered the labor market in higher numbers over the last three decades, but the biggest increases have been among mothers with young children.

What does this mean for men, you ask? John Broome, author of “It’s a Woman’s World,” a science fiction story that appeared in the DC comic book Mystery in Space (#8), asked the same thing way back in July 1952. As the panels shown here demonstrate, Broome predicted that women would one day cruelly discriminate against men — force them to work in the home, while women ran businesses and fought wars.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

    doubt women would ever rule the world, I know very few women who are vicious enough for that,
    to be a political or business leader you have to be a borderline sociopath, and as a former soldier I didn't see very many women even among the armed forces who really had the mentality to do what it takes to be professional soldiers.

    • AA

      Sean, you view the world in a war mentality. The world shouldn't/isn't naturally a war, that is a condition of the power structures of certain societies.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

        i have to disagree that war isn't natural, we have an ever growing population and resources that are being depleted, war is inevitable, as long as someone has more of something than someone else does there will be war.

    • Wow_man

      Sean, you obviously haven't been around strong intelligent women in your life. As an OIF MP veteran, I have not wimped out or quit the armed forces as you have my comrade. Seeing as you are a FORMER service member actually shows that you do not have the mentality, strength, or personal courage to progress even when the going gets tough. Women are and will continue to move up the political and business ladder. We have only been allowed to vote since 1920; 88 years later we have a woman as a presidential candidate and another as a potential Vice President. We have dealt with small minded, chauvinist men like you from the beginning. So let me make one thing straight…… the sky is the limit for us!

  • AA

    this article, like most articles about women working, does not take into account that they already have multiple roles/”jobs” as mothers, etc. so they already work more than men. additionally it does not take into account that they get paid less than men as well and have a much lower median salary than men.

    • Jim

      “. . .they already have multiple roles/”jobs” as mothers, etc. so they already work more than men.”

      Not necessarily. By the same logic, men have “multiple roles/'jobs' as fathers, etc.” (What exactly does your “etc.” refer to?). Parenthood isn't an example of one gender automatically having an extra role. It depends on the responsibility taken by both individuals.

  • Word Eater

    Women ruling the world. It won't happen as long as men are physically stronger (on average) than women.

    Any amazing ideas that women could conceive to make the world a more cooperative place can easily be overcome by physical force by angry or marginalized men.

    It would be a fine idea to have a world less obsessed by proving who's better or stronger and more worried about finding the most beneficial solutions to common problems.

  • rdrk

    the future is female. male should be maid for female. the sex is go to female side and the male are second sex.

  • Ed

    You're kidding yourself if you think that men's muscles are going to stop women from ascending the ladder of societal power. Women do have access to guns, and martial arts training you know. It's brains over brawn.

  • bern

    ref rdk hes right we are becoming maids to our wives as more woman are coming of education with more degrees and taking jobs from men, and at some point because of this woman will rule the world as we are becoming the weaker sex. i believe it may be for the better as there will be a more peacfull world run by woman and harshes sentences given out by woman for and rape or abuse against them. within a hundred years many men could become slaves to woman as many men are already experiencing a role reversal, such as myself where the wife works and i like many males are doing the housework

  • john campbell

    Women have only become far more presdigious at school by conforming to a system that was mad by, you geussed it MEN! the education system has become a kind of ''dance to the way its thought'' tune in recent decades and the vast majority of those doing the teaching are of course women, due to the fact that school is one of the few places where women are gauranteed equal pay with men. so girls learn their lessons from female role models whereas boys are left to fend for themselves due to boys being men in miniature and have ways of learning and personal interests that would take too much of the female teachers time to conform to. its only natural. when I was in school my chemistry teacher was a man and sometimes, on days before the spring or halloween break for example, he would let us make smoke bombs or do any experiments we wanted! this kind of male to male creativity is what causes boys to drop out of school, boys don't want to conform, even the smart ones- look at einstein, nobody would give him a research post because he was an eccentric free thinker who argued alot!

  • Jim

    “. . .they already have multiple roles/”jobs” as mothers, etc. so they already work more than men.”

    Not necessarily. By the same logic, men have “multiple roles/’jobs’ as fathers, etc.” (What exactly does your “etc.” refer to?). Parenthood isn’t an example of one gender automatically having an extra role. It depends on the responsibility taken by both individuals.

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