Women Surviving the Economic Crisis Better Than Men?

I just read an impressive article featured on Newsblaze entitled 9 Reasons Women Faring Better Than Men in the Down Economy. I agree with so many points brought up by author Roxanne Rivera who gives her two cents on why women are still standing tall while some men have been knocked out by the recent "he-cession".

According to the BLS, (the Bureau of Labor Statistics) 78% of jobs lost during the recession were held by men, and as a result, women's wages have risen by 1.2% more than men's over the past two years. But it's not just about the numbers. Rivera feels that it's a woman's inner resilience that has kept her alive and kicking.

"...I have been so proud to see so many women I know and to read about so many women who've taken the bull by the horns during the recession. In my opinion at least, women have adapted to this very undesirable situation better than men."

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I second that Roxanne. Just by definition, 99% of all the women I know have the word “Adaptability” as their middle name. As women in the workplace, we are forced to juggle, adapt, multi-task and do whatever it takes to get the job done. And if this means working double shifts to put food on the table, that’s what women throughout the country will do.

Stress is no stranger to the businesswoman of today, yesterday and decades ago and today's businesswoman continues to master the art of multitasking. Between hormones, childbirth, and menstruation … women over the centuries have been forced to deal with many highs and lows of emotion. Stress is just one form of emotion, and often, a good 10 minute cry over absolutely nothing will clear a woman’s mind. I can’t tell you how often I have cried, for no apparent reason, then just went right on working, juggling and getting through my day. When is the last time a man had a “good cry” and went right on working?...When is the last time a man cried at work and remained employed?

Rivera also goes on to reflect on women's friendships helping them through moments of economic strife. "Women build strong support networks. Throughout history, women have had to unite in order to gain equal footing with men both inside and outside the workplace. Because of this history, there are many networks and women's associations already in existence, places women know they can go for support and advice."

This point is extremely valid. Few men have the support systems in place to share their most intimate thoughts. Women often have at least 2 or 3 close friends with whom they can share extremely private matters. It’s more efficient and less costly to have a “best friend” to talk to than a psychologist (although I’m not saying that at times, a psychologist isn't the best choice).

The fact that women know how to tighten purse strings, rule by concensus, seek out advice and fight to the death for what we want and need in the workplace only strengthens our position as main contenders that are here to stay.

Roxanne Rivera is also the author of There's No Crying in Business: How Women Can Succeed in Male-Dominated Industries available at bookstores nationwide and from major online booksellers. Sorry Roxanne, but as stated above, I've had my fair share of cryingfests, but in my defense... they've only been quickies.


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