Unfriendly Economy Means Less Women in Work Force and More Women Back to School

Since the Women's Movement, the number of women entering the work force has been steadily climbing – until this decade, that is. Economists chalked up the decreasing number of working women to the motherhood movement just two or three years ago, when they first started to notice the decline. Originally thinking that many women were going home to take care of their children, economists are now saying that women are facing the same problems as men in the work place: layoffs, downturns, outsourcing, stagnating wages, and the prospect of an outright pay cut. Women leaving the work force in the same numbers and manner as men have potentially dangerous consequences for families and their lifestyles. These trends are just about the same in well- and less-educated women, married and never-married women, white and black women, and women with teens as well as women with children under 6 years old. As a result, women with an associate's degree, or no degree at all, find themselves back at school in hopes of finding a higher paying job after graduation.