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New at TNR: The Paradox of Women’s Wages

A glass ceiling… get it?

After not updating this site for more than a year, I’m finally returning for a total makeover and a renewed commitment to put the stuff I’m writing and reading and generally finding interesting on here. So!

Last week I wrote an article for The New Republic about what I thought was a fascinating nugget of information from the December jobs report: last month, all of the jobs growth went to women. I tried to explain why, and why this isn’t actually a good sign for women in the work force:

As Stephanie Coontz wrote in a recent op-ed, the problem for women in the workplace isn’t the glass ceiling so much as the “sinking floor.” While gaining ground in higher-paying sectors, women continue to vastly outnumber their male counterparts in low-wage jobs. This has led to a barbell effect, with the number of women in middle-sector jobs shrinking. So perhaps, to further stretch the metaphor, the problem isn’t the glass ceiling or the sinking floor, but the contracting walls of the trash compactor in Star Wars.

Read the whole thing, why doncha?