Stephanie Coontz has an excellent essay in the New York Times Sunday Review, “The Myth of Male Decline,” which includes some numbers from this blog and my upcoming review of Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men.
Here’s the figure they made from the numbers I provided:
The top half is from this post, using Bureau of Labor Statistics data from this year.
The bottom half is new, extending the debunking of the young-women-earn-more-than-young-men meme. This is an important angle because it shows the fallacy of Hanna Rosin’s description of young women as usually earning more than the men they work with. At the same level of education, even among these oddly-sliced 20-somethings — no kids, never married, full-time workers — women are not outearning men.
I’ve tried to chip away at this meme a few times before:
- Mystery solved? Why “women in their 20s” earn more
- This thing about young women earning more…
- Time check
And I’ve created a series of posts on The End of Men, which are under this Hanna Rosin tag.
There’s also a great graphic showing the changing gender composition of selected occupations, using data from David Cotter, Joan Hermsen and Reeve Vanneman.
Coontz’s essay is great for drawing the distinction between the real progress toward gender equality — which is also limited, and in important areas stalled — and the fantasy of female domination.