Men Continue To Fare Badly in This Economy
The population of 'disadvantaged men' is growing. Here's why everyone -- women included -- should care
Broadly speaking, men have historically had the upper hand in the U.S. economy: they earn more money than their female counterparts, they are less likely to fall down the economic ladder than women, and a study released earlier this year from the
However, a host of studies show a growing group of "disadvantaged men" who are underemployed, undereducated, and highly incarcerated -- a phenomenon that predates the recent recession. Incarceration rates for men have skyrocketed since the 1980s. And a recent study published by the
Even as many women continue to fight for equal pay and to shatter the glass ceiling, here are four reasons why even those without Y chromosomes should care about the plight of disadvantaged men in
To talk about "disadvantaged men" is to talk about racial disparities in America. White, non-Hispanic males account for about 78percent of all men over 25 in the U.S., and 82 percent of men over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher are white. However, less than one-third of prisoners are white men. Likewise, while the employment-to-population ratio has been declining for men across the board, it has not done so equally across racial and ethnic groups. For example, 66 percent of white men 16 and older are employed, compared to 53 percent for black men. According to
The United States Has a Culture of Incarceration
The Decline in Manufacturing and Construction Has Hurt Men Most
One reason why men suffered so greatly during the recent recession was the decline in jobs in the manufacturing and construction industries, both of which are dominated by male workers. As the depressed housing market is arguably the key weight holding down the U.S. economy right now, finding ways to get all of those unemployed construction workers -- and the factory workers making building equipment, vehicles, and tools -- back to work is going to be key to making for a more robust recovery for everyone.
Families Suffer When Men Suffer Economically
The problems faced by disadvantaged men makes for hardship for many women and children nationwide. According to Garfinkel, a father's incarceration reduces his contributions to his family by
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