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5.0 out of 5 stars A well referenced study on how it's all a bit more complicated than you might think, 8 May 2013
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This review is from: The XX Factor: How Working Women are Creating a New Society (Paperback)
I heard Professor Wolf on Radio 4 recently to the effect that once various obvious factors are accounted for, inequality has been largely eliminated and that contrary to received wisdom, Scandinavia provides no shining example. Her views were not well received as I recall. And so I read this and I'm pleased that I did.

In so many ways it's a counterpart to The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes in that it carefully demonstrates that today, the real sources of inequality are class and opportunity rather than whether one is male or female. Apparently it's as true in other countries as it is in the UK.

She lucidly and elegantly evidences that if one is poor then one is beyond highly likely (~90%) to be working in a stereotypical occupation. For professional occupations, with the exception of engineering, there is no such tendency.

The book does raise other seemingly unintended consequences of choice and opportunity for the professional classes including that they're not reproducing in sufficient quantities.

Two chapter titles worth quoting for controversy value if nothing else:

Goodbye to all that: the fracturing of sisterhood
The return of the servant classes

Whether or not it accords to your world view it's a great read dealing with bigger issues than the need for more women on bank notes.
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2013 09:28:42 BDT
AR69 says:
Hi - thanks for your review. Read the one about Midnight Exposure (1 star) and agreed on the two short paragraphs you've included so browsed through your other recommendations and found this one. I really liked "Lean in" but maybe you've also read this already. The problem with those reviews is that there is no "demographic split" so you never know if a 16 year old is ecstatic about the latest romance novel or someone closer to my age ;) (42). All the best, A.

Posted on 19 Mar 2014 22:38:26 GMT
pigletpuu says:
"inequality has been largely eliminated"
I assume you are referring to gender inequality. That claim is empirically totally unfounded as is easy to demonstrate. In fact it is so ridiculously wrong that I find it hard to take anything serious that comes from the same source.

2012 median earnings of Americans by education and sex (US Census CPS, table P-20; https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/data/historical/people/):

Bachelor's degree or higher:
Men $66,870; Women $46,713

PhD:
Men $96,909; Women $70,811

Professional degree:
Men $101,888; Women $76,052

In 2012, educated women earned 70 cents to the dollar of their male counterparts. 1 in 6 corporate board members are women and the number is stagnating ([...]). Women are still woefully underrepresented in the higher ranks of University faculty, and elite institutions are the worst. 20% of US Senators and 18% of House members are women and 5 women (10%) serve as state governor. "inequality has been largely eliminated"? Only in the fantasyland of Alison Wolf's anecdotal 1% elite.
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