philip n. cohen
Family Inequality: That thing about wives as breadwinners

Family Inequality: That thing about wives as breadwinners

And if you look specifically at the category the Times chose — occupations that are 70% female or more — the percentage of men in those occupations increased, but only from 5.0% to 6.1%. And nurses? In 2010, 0.4% of all full-time year-round working men were nurses, up from 0.3% in 2000. Women are still 11-times more likely to be nurses than men. Now that’s what you call a “gradual erosion of gender stereotypes.”
The gender pay gap within major occupations, 2011

The gender pay gap within major occupations, 2011

Women own 29% of business — with 4% of the revenue.

Women own 29% of business — with 4% of the revenue.

Family Inequality: Businesses owned by women

Family Inequality: Businesses owned by women

Who owns homes? Outside of married couples, more women are homeowners than men.

Who owns homes? Outside of married couples, more women are homeowners than men.

Stalled progress for women entering management jobs over the last 20 years.

Stalled progress for women entering management jobs over the last 20 years.

Single women in the United States - that group alone - own more than 1% of the world’s total household wealth.

Single women in the United States - that group alone - own more than 1% of the world’s total household wealth.

For more than 30 years, people concerned about the global gender inequality have been circulating the claim that women receive only one-tenth of world income and own only 1 percent of the world’s property. There is a great deal of gender inequality in the world. And much of the burden of global economic inequality is borne by the women of the poorest countries. However, these facts are simply not true, and it we would all benefit from a better-informed discussion.