The Nation: The New Math Of Unemployment

On some pastoral, primitive islands of Micronesia, bare-breasted maidens and wives do a lot of the hardscrabble work and are among the primary breadwinners, going to the reefs and lagoons to fish for the family table. Naturally, their labors make life a lot easier for the menfolk. Women's lib notwithstanding, the U.S. has not approached this state of affairs—which male chauvinists may or may not applaud—but the fact is that women are surging into America's labor force, increasingly doing what in simpler times was called men's work. In the process they are drastically...

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