Sunday, October 30, 2005

Why Ms. Dowd is Still Single

You know feminism hasn't brought us to the promised rose garden when Maureen Dowd is lamenting the movement's crash 'n' burn.
Women moving up still strive to marry up. Men moving up still tend to marry down. The two sexes' going in opposite directions has led to an epidemic of professional women missing out on husbands and kids.

Sylvia Ann Hewlett, an economist and the author of "Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children," a book published in 2002, conducted a survey and found that 55 percent of 35-year-old career women were childless. And among corporate executives who earn $100,000 or more, she said, 49 percent of the women did not have children, compared with only 19 percent of the men.

"You can have it all," they told us. "Marriage, children, a fantastic career!"
We have ourselves to blame for believing them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dowd, Untouchable Mutant

See "X-celling Over Men" by Maureen Dowd, The New York Times, March 20, 2005

". . . a second X that is working at levels greater than we knew . . . The researchers learned that a whopping 15 percent--200 to 300--of the genes on the second X chromosome in women, thought to be submissive and inert, lolling about on an evolutionary Victorian fainting couch, are active, giving women a significant increase in gene expression over men."

If Mz. Dowd seems cold and standoffish, it's because ....