There’s absolutely nothing wrong with women not wanting to work outside the home. Most of the women that I’ve known have been stay-at-home moms, including my wife. It’s a job that most men could not handle.
Of course, not all women are mothers or wives, so it’s understandable that they would want to seek employment. And there are cases where a single mother has little choice but to get a job in order to make ends meet for her family.
Having said that, I am generally ambivalent towards statistics that focus on unemployment among women. I only bring it up now, because we all know full well that if we had a Republican president, the liberals would be using these statistics to feed their “war on women” narrative. But since we have Obama, we hear nothing of the sort. CNS News reported:
The number of employed women 16 and over declined by 20,000 from November to December and the number of women not in the nation’s labor force hit a record high in December, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The number of women employed dropped from 67,882,000 to 67,862,000 – a decline of 20,000 women with jobs during December. Additionally, the number of women who are not in the labor force climbed to a record high of 55,028,000 last month, an increase of 203,000 from 54,825,000 in November.
In December, according to BLS, the labor force participation rate for women was 56.9 percent, marginally down from 57.0 percent in November but up from 56.8 percent in October. The unemployment rate for women also decreased from 6.7 percent in November to 6.5 percent in December.
If it were brought up, I’m sure the liberal talking heads would find a way to blame it on Bush. After all, Obama did have a mess to clean up, left by the Bush administration.
The truth is, these statistics aren’t unique among women. Thanks to some Bureau of Labor Statistics number magic, the unemployment actually went down last month by 0.3 points, even though fewer people were working. Remember, they don’t count all those people, including women, who have given up looking for work. Theoretically, every American could “give up looking for work,” and the BLS would announce that we have zero unemployment.