October 26th, 2009
04:28 PM ET

The mismeasure of woman

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/19/the.shriver.report.jpg caption="For the first time in history, women make up half of the U.S. workforce and are the primary or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of all American families. Forty years ago, women made up only one-third of all workers."]

Joanne Lipman
New York Times

FINALLY! I hear we’re all living in a women’s world now.

For the first time, women make up half the work force. The Shriver Report, out just last week, found that mothers are the major breadwinners in 40 percent of families. We have a female speaker of the House and a female secretary of state. Thirty-two women have served as governors. Thirty-eight have served as senators. Four out of eight Ivy League presidents are women.

Great news, right? Well, not exactly. In fact, it couldn’t be more spectacularly misleading.

The truth is, women haven’t come nearly as far as we would have predicted 25 years ago. Somewhere along the line, especially in recent years, progress for women has stalled. And attitudes have taken a giant leap backward.


Filed under: Women's Issues • Women's Rights
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  1. Pat | Pittsburgh

    Well look what the Obama team did to Hillary during the campaign. They couldn't push her out of the way too fast, could they? Are we post-racial? perhaps.. Are we post-feminist? No way!

    BTW, a lot of us women wear pants daily. Why isn't Michelle allowed to?

    Such a state of affairs.

    Have a great evening everyone!


    October 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |