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Monday, March 26, 2007

Are single women dumped on?

New census number reveal more women are single than married (51 percent). This new fact is getting lots of attention. Some women just don't want to get married: many in their 20s and 30s relish freedom and often are concentrating on building careers rather than families. But I can't help but wonder whether these women are dumped on in the workplace.
I often hear from my single female co-workers complain their boss assumes they are available to pick up the slack when news breaks last minute and someone needs to work overtime. Of course, single men complain about this as well. But when women put in overtime, it usually is less about an opportunity for advancement and more about getting the grunt work done.
Is a single childless woman's need to get to the gym as important as a working mother's need to get to daycare? With more women choosing to stay single or waiting longer to get married, it will be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out in the workplace and whether sheer numbers make a difference. The New York Times published an interested article on the census numbers, click here to read it.


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