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Women will soon be in charge

In 2009, statistical data shows that there were more females than males in the US. In 2012, more females were attending college and graduating than males. Divorce rate in US has remained constant at 50% and the overall birth rate is declining among Caucasians, it is increasing among Hispanics and Blacks and Asians. More females are entering the workplace than males according to the latest demographics from the US Census.

While there might be a general consensus among married males that they control all aspects of the family, it is oftentimes the opposite with the female controlling the budget and all purchases and decisions that the family makes which was just the opposite in my parent's generation.

Only women can give birth which seems a little too simplistic but artificial insemination techniques can be used to control whether or not the baby is male or female. And, while we are not at that stage in our development yet, there is a possibility that it could one day be the norm.

Throughout my 40 year career, I have worked for both female as well as male bosses, and I much prefer working for females. Why? Females do not take their position for granted. Females do not cut corners but are very thorough in all that they do. Females manage their time better because in addition to working they also must manage a household, whereas males tend to play golf and drink and watch TV after their workday is done.

There are also exceptions to my comments and right now there are more males in controlling positions than females, but the tide is slowing changing and soon the reverse will be true. This is especially true by the fact that more females are graduating from college than males...

Males will continue to have a dominate place in sports, movies, music, and the military where a college degree is oftentimes not required. But, in the business world, our lives are about to be fundamentally changed.

So, here's my question: Is this good or bad or are you neutral?

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    Jul 8 2013: Some observations, not yet noted. An Australian social demographer, Bernard Salt has written of the rise of females to power. Of note was in terms of factors relating to transferrance of wealth. Consider, women live longer than men! Men tend to marry women younger in age than them (eg 5 years younger). When the man/husband dies, his wealth is transferred to his wife.

    Now if the wife was five years younger and lived on average five years longer, then the 100% wealth of the couple is now in the hands of the female for approximately 10 years.

    Now also consider the baby boomer generation and consequently the above example will be played out in very large numbers!

    Not saying any of this is good, bad or neutral.... just saying it is.

    Agree btw with females being predominately the household decision makers.... they do decide the majority of the big decisions, eg which house to buy, which car, even which food weekly to buy. I know I have generalised and that there are always exceptions but principally all of the above applies. : D
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      Jul 8 2013: I am curious as to your sources for the claim that women are more likely to decide which house to buy or which car. I am not saying that your claim is not true, but I would be very interested in seeing the supporting data.
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        Jul 9 2013: Hi Fritzie, re my supporting data, can't be specific to exact sources, however have observed thru life experience and understood aspects from formal understanding consumer behaviour study thru marketing qualifications! : D
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      Jul 8 2013: These are some excellent points, especially about the transfer of wealth...

      I have also noticed when my wife and I are out to purchase anything from a condo to car to appliance, the sales person (male or female) spends more time addressing my wife than me... and, quite honestly I do rely on her judgment more often than not.
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        Jul 8 2013: If I walked up to you and you were selling something with my wife and children who do you believe you could SELL your product to easily? Me or my wife? A week later, "Honey, can we go back and see more of those washing machines with all the bells and whistles, I would be soooo HAPPY!"

        "....Yeah, OK, anything to make you happy, dear" (I'm so freaking tired of this, is what I think to myself)

        What you are referring to here is not about the transfer of wealth it's about going bankrupt like many today and the quest for happiness.
        Slap me in the face, dude. I need it! What about yourself?
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          Jul 9 2013: I'm ok without needing the face slap, Vincent. I think your example however,rings true in many instances! : D
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        Jul 9 2013: Sales is big business Alex and it is a science. Reps know who they need to convince for a sale. : D

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