Thursday, September 13, 2012

Blog #3 Women make up 50% of provincial workforce, report says

In the province of New Brunswick, women are 50% of the workforce for the first time ever. Not only are they outnumbering the male population with jobs, they are also outnumbering them in the university setting as well. As stated in the article, "This profile is a useful tool when it comes to measuring how far we have come on our commitment to achieving equality between men and women in New Brunswick," said Marie-Claude Blais, the minister responsible for the status of women, in a news release. The report looked at several issues affecting women such as: justice, family duties, income, positions influence, women healthcare, education, and labor force. Eighty-four percent of working women with dependent children had a full-time job, compared to seventy-six percent in Canada. The number of women holding positions of power also went up due to the increase in post-secondary degrees.  The prime minister further commented by saying, "While we should be encouraged by our progress, we must recognize that there is still work to be done to advance in other areas like violence against women and the participation of women in male-dominated sectors”. New Brunswick sexual assault convictions are over double the amount of Canada’s.

This is great that women numbers in the job market are beginning the increase in Canada. The question that most people are curious about is, where have the men gone? In most countries, women are below men in numbers in a lot of areas such as, high positions of power, family dynamics, employment rates, and even insurance benefits. I wonder, what is the secret to the success of women in New Brunswick? There seems to be a decrease in jobs here in the United States and more women in the work place would jump kick the economy. In many cases, women are in charge of the domesticated side of life and have an influence on the goods that come in and out of a household. Socially, this would definitely help out the countries who allow women to be able to spend the money and put it right back into the economy. However, in countries that do not allow social mobility (job benefits), men may see this increase in women working as a threat and in return more inequalities and animosity will erupt.  

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