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4th October 2012, 11:38 AM
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At a time when British women are feeling the pain of the recession more than men, American feminist author Hanna Rosin has provided a much needed shot of positivity.

In her latest book The End Of Men, published in the UK this week, Rosin points out that women have fundamentally reorganised the world's economy in just half a century.

From virtually a standing start, more than a third of mothers in the UK are now the main household breadwinners and half of our nation’s jobs are filled by women -- with statistical trends indicating that they will come to dominate the home and workplace in coming decades.

Of course, such seismic shifts can be difficult to appreciate on the ground. Women continue to do the bulk of domestic chores and Britain is ranked 16th in the Global Gender Gap report -- behind Lesotho.

But says Rosin, if you look at executives in America -- a third are women.

"That's the number that sociological studies used to call a tipping point - so the moment of change doesn't feel as far away as one might think it is," the author told HuffPost UK Lifestyle.

While the author accedes that a more accurate title for her book might have been The End Of Macho or The End Of Testosterone, as much of her analysis focuses on gender behaviour rather than power shifts -- the narrative still provides a fascinating analysis of how social norms can change in a lifetime.

Hanna Rosin answer questions on The End Of Men...

Why do you characterise modern women as ‘plastic’ and men as ‘cardboard’?

I had this idea that women were more flexible in their behaviour, partly because they were marginalised -- the marginalised do tend to have to be more flexible. While men seemed to be responding in a more rigid way.

Economies have shifted away from dependence on manufacturing in the last 100 years – employers don't need brawn – they need intelligence and communication, qualities available to both men and women. But women’s willingness to be flexible with traditional gender roles is now allowing them to pull ahead.

Plastic Women has gone from barely working to working with children. She grabs any opportunity to be educated and make more money. Meanwhile, Cardboard Man hesitates.

Why are the top positions in business and the boardroom still predominantly held by men?

There hasn’t been a complete turnover at the top, but women working has only been a 50-year phenomenon so I don’t think one would expect women to take over every law firm and company.

The trends are in place for women to become executives, or to change workplace structures.

source - Huntingtonpost