What Mancession?


A new report issued by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research confirms just how deep Americans have had to pull back since Great Recession. This is particularly true for women, and the consequences are likely to be devastating.

Americans in general are reeling from the very high levels of job loss seen during the Great Recession of 2007-2009, and women and single mothers in particular are reporting higher rates of financial strain and daily hardship. The report shows that they are having difficulty paying for basics like food (26 million women and 15 million men), health care (46 million women and 34 million men), rent or mortgage (32 million women and 25 million men), transportation (37 million women and 28 million men), utility bills (41 million women and 27 million men) and they have difficulty saving for the future (65 million women and 53 million men).

This is just the latest in a string of bad economic news for women. Data from the Census Bureau shows women’s poverty rates at the highest since that data was tracked, with the number of children in poverty at near 50% in some populations.

“The survey results show how much hardship American families are still facing as a result of the long and deep recession,” said Dr. Heidi Hartmann, IWPR President and a MacArthur Fellow. “Clearly, American workers need jobs and a federal jobs program could make a big difference, especially one that targets jobs typically held by women, like teaching, since our data show that women have been harder hit than men in this recovery.”

The numbers also paint a bleak picture for young women. That’s because young women have faced disproportionate hardship in entering the labor market to start. Of those aged 18–34, 50 percent report unemployment for at least one month during the two years prior to the survey — twice the rate for men (24 percent) in the same age group.

This is a problem with no easy solution and very little leadership coming from Washington. Americans may be finally willing to push back against those policies that crashed our economy. The question is, will it be in time?


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Emma S.
Emma S6 years ago

And people say there's no longer any need for feminism!

Carol Kemp
Carol K6 years ago

Nice one Tierney! Way to go!

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Women always get the short stick.

Christopher Fowler

My wife is our breadwinner here and it is a terrible strain on her, and me, because I want to work for a living wage, but the work is not there for me. At least 5 applications sent out every day and the only thing that I ever hear from are people that want me to be a salesman or telemarketer, neither of which I am willing to lower myself to do.
My sense of integrity overrides my willingness to call people at home to get them to buy things that they likely don't want.

Claire M.
Claire M6 years ago

Just to add something, those who rent, both owners and management companies are becoming more restrictive [have been for a while actually]. Many people who get a new job but have had their credit wrecked by recent economic woes find it harder to fine a new home and end up living out of their car. Also most employers want you to have an address, phone and "reliable" transportation [which in most cases means a car that runs and has state required insurance]. Going though a job loss and dept melt down can mean a kind of cascade failure to disenfranchisement because our system does not offer many safe haven's to catch one's self on the way down.

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

Thank you for the good remarks made by the men today....
It will take more then women to make the changes. it takes all of us to make change.
The blending of both sex's will make and support those changes.
We are one species.....and we are more then the 1%.

Brian M.
Past Member 6 years ago

A nation's greatness can be discerned by how well it respects women's rights, protects women from violence, and grants women adequate access to education, employment, and health care.

Susan Clark6 years ago

Coming from a family where Dad didn't believe in educating women. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. It's instinctive and we pass it on, yes .. to our sons also.

Ann Margaret M.
Ann Margaret M6 years ago

This article really hits home. I am the sole bread-winner for myself, my 22 year old daughter and her soon-to-be-forthcoming daughter. I am also still providing financial assistance to my 20 year old son, who is in college full-time and working at (Goddess give him strength) Wal-Mart. The baby's father is finally working (yeah!) but I'm not certain how much he'll really be able to help my daughter and their child.
I have been figuring out my budget for the paychecks I'll receive after taking a *brief* unpaid time off and reduced hours to be at home with my daughter as much as possible while she and the baby bond and acclimate.
I am counting on my Sagittarian luck, resilient positvity, Goddess and humor to see me through this.

Pamela D.
Pamela D6 years ago

I believe in the strength of women. Women have had it tough throughout history and continue to push through no matter what.