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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 9 2013: I thought this was supposed to be kept secret.
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      Jul 9 2013: Barry,
      I didn't think this was a question, it is a fate accompli
      • Jul 9 2013: Oh, in that case I guess we can discuss it now.
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          Jul 9 2013: There is no way we can survive such a discussion. There are some things we shouldn't talk about. Voodoo curses come to mind and anything about women.
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          Jul 11 2013: At a recent celebration of a wedding anniversary, the groom I knew as a soft spoken person was asked for his secret to 60 years with his wife. He stopped for a moment, smiled and said "it was the magic words..."yes dear"
          Let's face it, men are not really all that important, so we don't want women to figure that out, at least in my life time.
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        Jul 18 2013: Good point... I stand corrected on this point.

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