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Have You Been Hit By The "Man-Cession"?

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We’ve seen many changes over the last couple of years as we adjust to the difficulties of an economy in decline, but the latest reports coming out about the way new relationships are forming (or failing to form) may be somewhat of a revolution.  Current research is telling a story about how difficult it has become for college-educated women to find suitable mates. 

An article from the Wall Street Journal reports about a study that recently came out from the Pew Research Center.  The report shows that more than ever we are seeing wives earning more than their husbands and women attaining higher educations than men.  The Pew report states that 22 percent of men with "some college" are being out-earned by their wives.  This number is up from 4 percent in 1970.

More successful educated women are also making the decision to begin families as single mothers.  Since 1980, we have seen a 145 percent increase in the amount of unmarried college-educated women giving birth as single mothers.  And this number would be even higher if it were to include the amount of single-mothers adopting children. 

One reason for women marrying less, having a difficult time finding a husband to live up to their standards, or making more than their husbands is the current "man-cession".  The latest buzz word, "man-cession", has to do with the fact that many jobs once predominantly held by men, like construction and manufacturing jobs, are no longer in great demand during the recession.  About 80 percent of the jobs that have been lost in the recession were held by men.  Since a lot of these jobs did not require a college education, men are finding it harder to enter back into the workforce or compete with higher educated women.  They are also finding it more difficult to entice women holding higher paying jobs and higher degrees.

It doesn’t seem like the gender imbalance will even out anytime soon as we see 58 percent of bachelors degrees and 62 percent of associates degrees are currently held by women.  The current education gaps are making a lot of women uneasy about dating men that are "not on their level".  Rachel Downtain , a telecommunications project manager, tells the Wall Street Journal, that at 35 she is growing tired of waiting for "Mr. Right". Downtain says, "Going the sperm-bank method is definitely not my first choice, but I am not willing to give up my dream of having a child just because I can’t find Mr. Right.  I am having to realize that my fairy tale dream may just be inverted a bit...I may have the child before finding Mr. Right."

What do you think of the recent reports about more women finding themselves in the higher-earner role?

Have you or someone you’ve known found it more difficult to find Mr. Right because of differences in education or earnings?

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  • CrystalBurgard By CrystalBurgard
    01.26.10  

    I am THRILLED that more and more women ARE making the money, we have been held down for far too long! None of this information surprises me, the tables are finally turning in our favor so of course, something else has to give. "Man cession"?? Give me a break! Even by using the example in the story - "many jobs once predominantly held by men, like construction and manufacturing jobs, are no longer in great demand during the recession" well, those are jobs they wouldnt give to women. Perhaps if there wasnt a gender issue from the get go, this wouldnt have become a problem! Do I feel sorry for the guys? No way! Buck up, go back to school and get an education. Us ladies can and will move on, with or without you

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    01.26.10  

    Hey...it's about time, for ladies to have things going their way for once. "Man cession?!" Boo hoo!

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip
    01.26.10  

    Wow.... interesting. Good food for thought. ...and high five to those women and education!

  • MadHatter By MadHatter
    01.27.10  

    Its about time! men has been up on their high horse for a long time. They haven't even stopped to think that women are just as capable of doing what they can do, maybe even better because we pay attention to details.

  • xxfallbacc By xxfallbacc
    01.27.10  

    haha interesting? yes...have I been hit? yes; but then again that's a whole other issue in and of itself...great article though

  • frogunderfoot By frogunderfoot
    01.27.10  

    Great article.........I agree it it about time we are getting what we dis serve..... but sad about the men are loosing their job....................... no i have not been hit by the men-cession.

  • aves_2911 By aves_2911
    01.27.10  

    Wish I had this problem but being a preschool teacher I don't make that much money. I guess men won't be intimidated by me!

  • amariebrown82 By amariebrown82
    01.27.10  

    LOL!!! I don't make a lot of money right now. I do well enough to feed my son and take care of our day to day expenses. I am working towards working for myself. Men are very much intimidated by me. I'm not really sure why. I blame it on the fact that I have always taken care of myself and my little one with no outside help. So yes, I do have standards and expectations. Not high expectations. I fear that when I do succeed with being a business owner it will be even more difficult for me to find a husband. It's almost like you have to choose between a career or a husband.

  • Jaimarie By Jaimarie
    01.27.10  

    We rock!

  • myralee By myralee
    01.27.10  

    men are like marshmellow in cereal they are nice to have but you dont really need them

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