Women and the Workforce


Paul Munnis

The notion that women are inferior workers to men is nonsense. In fact they are in many ways more organized, and less prone to shop politics. When organized properly they act more competive, and they take a lot of pride in their accomplishment.

What causes attrition is low pay, lack of promotion or other recognition, and sexual harassment on the job.

It’s hard to compete on an uneven playing field.

If we look to nations with chronic worker shortages then we see women grouped into teams with clear criteria for meeting goals, and we witness strong competition by well paid workers. Japan is an example of that and the U.S., now facing a worker shortage, must either emulate the Japanese or else import foreign workers.

Our universities are turning out lots of well qualified engineers for example, plus nurses, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals but they have disappeared from the rank and file when we look five years later. They are home, driving kids to sports events, and working way below their skills in a collossal waste of human capital.

If we want to change things then a new paradaim of management is needed. It won’t come easy or fast but must be added to the management repitoire.

Academia must lead the way with studies and measured experiments that produce job satisfaction for women. Corporations must be sold on a new management approach and cooperate with it past the board room meaning that the glass ceiling is shattered.

If these things are done, female workers will have access to jobs, money, wealth, and privilege, as corporations acquire top-notch skilled workers. The economy will improve and GDP will climb.

If we want to stay number one in employment and maintain high productivity with quality, then this is an alternative to mechanization for there are some jobs that are beyond the pale of robotics and AI.

I suggest we pay attention to the need.