Battle of the Sexes for Tomorrow's Job

The End of Men
According to Hanna Rosin, a correspondent for The Atlantic, “women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history” in the year 2010. Will this continue or will men catch up? Hanna Rosin, was inspired to write a book called The End of Men as a result of her findings.

What do men think of Hanna’s book and ideas?
Hanna’s husband was a bit surprised by the book and stated:

“As Hanna’s husband, I find this book – how to put this charitably? A mixed blessing? It’s very nice for our checking account that she has been paid to write The End of Men. But really: What part of our life together has prompted her to predict doom for me and my half the human race? Do I load the dishwasher incorrectly? Have I botched the repair on the downstairs toilet one too many times? Do I not talk about my feelings enough? And how is Hanna going to explain this book to our two sons, when they get old enough to read it?”

Don’t Write Off Men Just Yet
Nicholas D. Kristof claims that men are benefitting from women’s new found jobs. But Nicholas suggests men stay calm and not let the news of women in the workforce worry them. He claims the “Odds are that we men will find a way to hold our own, with the help of women. And we’ll benefit as smart and talented women belatedly have the opportunity to deploy their skills on behalf of all of humanity — including those of us with Y chromosomes”. So the battle of the sexes for tomorrow’s job is, in fact, good news for men.

Why Women Make Better Managers
“As women gained traction in the workforce, gender differences among senior and junior staffers turned up in every workplace, from offices to factory floors to fighter planes. Now that women are pulling up chairs at boardroom tables and launching their own companies — the number of women-owned firms has increased by 103% in the past 10 years — those differences are increasingly playing out in executive suites, too.Studies show that both male and female styles of leadership can be effective. But when compared side by side, “female” has the edge” (see Why Women Make Better Managers by Joanna L. Krotz).

Women Have the Skills
According to Cosmopolitan, “Women have the social and communicative skills to get the job done”. Girls do better at school than boys. But it’s not only at school. Apparently, Women are more motivated to continue learning once they complete their formal education.

Will Women Win the Battle of the Sexes for Tomorrow’s Job?

Qualities for on the Job Skills
Women can focus better on the job than men. Men tend to be restless and multitask on the job. Men seem to be more traditional in their approach to ideas and less flexible than women. Will men need to learn to be more feminine in order to keep their jobs in the not so distant future? Will women get rewarded for their skills?

Women Get Lower Salaries
Women still get lower salaries than men. Women get paid less because they do not compete with me. If women competed for management jobs, they would probably get the job because women have the right skills for management positions. According to a study conducted by Roxana Barbulescu and Matthew Bidwell from McGill University, women tend to choose jobs that segregate them from men.

Dr. Nellie Deutsch has a doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum, technology, and instruction. She conducts research and writes on fully online and blended learning programs, presents online and face-to-face at conferences, and organizes professional development workshops to educators worldwide. Nellie is passionate about learning and helping others reach their goals. She has a relationship-based learner-centred approach to life and practice transformative learning. She consults, writes, and presents (face-to-face & fully online) on e-learning. She uses Moodle for her course management system and WizIQ education online to connect to colleagues and students in real time. Nellie is a faculty member of Atlantic University and the University of Phoenix, the program coordinator at the World Association for Online Education (WAOE), on the executive committee and reviewer at EdMedia, was on the steering committee for computer assisted language learning interest section (CALL-IS) at TESOL and is currently coordinator, moderator, and mentor at TESOL EVO, and on the committee IATEFL YLT SIG. She's manager, designer & lead facilitator of Moodle for Teachers (M4T) workshops at Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL). Nellie has been teaching on WizIQ since 2007. She organizes annual and MOOCs such as Moodle MOOC in November and May, Second Life MOOC in April, and Well-Being MOOC in September, online conferences such as CO09-CO14 on February, and Moodlemoot 2011-2014 in August that are sponsored by WizIQ.

15 Comments

  • Reply April 19, 2013

    Dr. Nellie Deutsch

    Who will win?

  • Reply April 19, 2013

    Dr. Nellie Deutsch

    what qualities are required for tomorrow’s jobs?

  • Reply April 19, 2013

    Sylvia Guinan

    I would have to qualify this by saying that YES, the world needs more emotional/social intelligence in the workplace – which has traditionally been the domain of women.

    Luckily in this day and age many male leaders in ELT, for example, have succeeded because of this edge in communicative competence. We have much work to do from the bottom in order to create true equality where it really matters most.

    • Reply April 19, 2013

      Dr. Nellie Deutsch

      So, would you say that men and women should get practical training on how to raise their emotional intelligence?

      • Reply April 19, 2013

        Sylvia Guinan

        Exactly – it begins in the home and should be a vital part of all childhood education. Patriarchy has hurt both sexes for far too long.

        As for matriarchy, James Dooney has brought about a shift in perspective so I will have to read up on that:)

        A new book I’ve been reviewing has new insights into all of this.

  • Reply April 19, 2013

    James Dooney

    Well I must say I disagree with this. Living in a ‘mother’ dominated society such as South Korea, I can sure as hell tell you the pitfalls of this. Sadly, in the education industry here, many bosses are women. And oh the rubbish that comes from it is borderline unreal. All this lovey dovey rhetoric about feelings is all well and good – until you start to see the sloppiness the garbage and the bending over to keep students happy AS OPPOSED to doing the right thing ( since when did happiness become more important than conducting things correctly ?? ). And what is even worse is the influence mothers have over the education system. It is garbage. Mommy complains when little fluffball comes home whining, yet blames everyone else when the same aforementioned fluffball is a nuisance, rolls in late to class, doesnt care less, and worst of all – suffers from pathetic liberal expectancy syndrome. I mean heck – I have seen whole schedules changed just because mommy didnt like her kid changing class or whatever, and the little woman in the bosses chair just runs to keep her happy !!!!! WHAT GARBAGE !!! The state is also having a field day over it all. After all, the state can impose itself as the mother figure also – and I am sure we all know where that will lead.

    • Reply April 19, 2013

      Dr. Nellie Deutsch

      Wow, James. I had no idea that Korean culture was woman oriented. You bring in a very important aspect of the education system. Women do tend to gravitate toward the teaching profession. Any ideas why?

      • Reply April 19, 2013

        James Dooney

        Oh yes. Well my guess it that it is more a state ideal then anything. My biggest hunch is that it is, well, not necessarily the womans idea – but more the state idea of becoming dependant on a mother figure. Societies like Korea ( Yes – the South lol ) are quite socialist.

    • Reply April 19, 2013

      James Dooney

      One other thing that could also be brought up is the idea of sociability of the work place – WHATS THE BIG DEAL ?? You are there to WORK !! We all know what happens when the work place becomes a social event – People let things slip by them ( yep them little illegalities also ) just to make sure they enjoy things. Work is not always enjoyable lol !!!!

      • Reply April 19, 2013

        Dr. Nellie Deutsch

        Don’t you think we should have fun everywhere, including work?

        • Reply April 19, 2013

          James Dooney

          Well yes there is a place for it. And also, it depends on who is creating the fun and maybe also what there reasoning is.. ;)

          • April 19, 2013

            Dr. Nellie Deutsch

            I guess everyone has their own way of approaching work and fun.

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