Women returning to work

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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 3:02am

This article is about affluent, educated women going back to work. It touches on many of the issues discussed here.



A few snippets:



"The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics found preliminary evidence of affluent women returning to the labor force. When it comes to women with a college education who are 25 to 44 years old and living with a spouse, the proportion of those working or looking for work increased to 78.4 percent in the first half of 2009, from 76 percent in the first half of 2007. Economists say this is surprising because the percentage of people in the work force usually drops as unemployed workers grow discouraged and stop looking for work in a recession."







"Carolyn Bednarz was not as fortunate. The former lawyer at Milbank & Tweed spent nine years at home raising three children, but she became frightened for her family’s future after her banker-husband endured four rounds of layoffs and reduced bonuses.



Ms. Bednarz started looking for work. After a 10-month search she couldn’t find a paying job.



“I probably applied for 30 jobs on Craigslist, and hardly anyone writes back,” she said, complaining that many employers aren’t interested in hiring someone who has not worked in years. “This is just the most humbling experience.”"







"Several studies have found that two different groups of women are likely not to return to work after giving birth: affluent ones and poor ones unable to afford child care.



Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founder of the Center for Work-Life Policy in New York, an independent research group, and several other economists and experts argue that there is an unmistakable trend toward women returning to the labor force — and not just professional women.



“Women are at a watershed moment,” Ms. Hewlett said, pointing to the recession’s squeeze on incomes."






(Studies have found that for every two years a woman is out of the labor force, her earnings fall by 10 percent, a penalty that lasts throughout her career.)


Full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/19/business/19women.html?hp=&pagewanted=all
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Sat, 09-19-2009 - 7:23pm
i have found some great for sale items on craigslist.

 

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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 6:45am
i've worked in non profits for over 20 years and love it -- now after 20 years in my profession I only make $51,000 but It's been a wonderful happy ride -- I highly reccommend it
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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 7:26am
i won't ever

 

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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 8:14am
well to give you an idea how slowly salaries move in the NP industry - Kelly BEGAN her nursing career two years ago already outearning me -- after 2 years as a nurse she has now left me in teh dust income wise LOL
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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 9:18am
You gold digger, you. ;)
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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 9:38am
damn skippy... momma needs a new pair of tap shoes every now and then
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Thu, 09-24-2009 - 6:16am

My colleague and I were allowed to recruit a temp to be my maternity leave cover. My boss reasoned that we knew the requirements of the job better than he did, lol!

Anyway, a lady applied who had been SAH for three years. The problem wasn't that she hadn't been working, it was that she wasn't confident about using basic systems like Word and Excel because she hadn't maintained her computer skills while she'd SAH.

We had to go with someone who was competent and confident about being in a work environment.

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Thu, 09-24-2009 - 8:14am

 

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Thu, 09-24-2009 - 8:23am

Actually, as my colleague and I were

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Thu, 09-24-2009 - 8:32am

She covered that in her post.

"The problem wasn't that she hadn't been working, it was that she wasn't confident about using basic systems like Word and Excel because she hadn't maintained her computer skills while she'd SAH."