Sauce for the gander

It seems having the same sauce for the gander as the goose is ruffling some feathers at the U. of Chicago:

A group of University of Chicago students think it’s time the campus focused more on its men.

A third-year student from Lake Bluff has formed Men in Power, a student organization that promises to help men get ahead professionally. But the group’s emergence has been controversial, with some critics charging that its premise is misogynistic.

Others say it’s about time men are championed, noting that recent job losses hit men harder and that women earn far more bachelor’s and master’s degrees than do men.

I suspect this may be more attention seeking than anything else. But it does raise an interesting question; why is some gender disparity more problematic than others? Why is the dominance of men in the IT field worthy of efforts to rectify when a similar disparity in the fields of education and health care is not?

In the same article:

The group’s birth comes at a time when the recessionary ax has fallen especially hard on men. In April, the national unemployment rate for men was 10 percent compared with 7.6 percent for women, said Mark Perry, an economist at the University of Michigan in Flint.

That gap is an “all-time historical high,” said Perry, who attributed it in part to a loss of jobs in male-dominated fields such as manufacturing and construction.

At the same time, he noted, women today hold about three out of the four jobs in education and health care — both stable or expanding job fields.

Future employment is also an issue, some experts say. Since 1981, women have collected 135 for every 100 bachelor’s degrees awarded to men, according to Perry. The gap is even wider at the master’s level, with women trumping men 150 to 100, he said.

[Update] I didn’t notice at first, but the Mark Perry quoted in the article is the same Mark Perry of the Carpe Diem blog. That is one of the finest blogs out there if you want a different slant on how the economy works. It well worth checking out.


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