Working-class men at risk globally as jobs disappear and opportunity dries up for the low-educated, limited-skill demographic.
- While men continue to dominate leadership and management roles across most industries, working-class men face ever-encroaching structural employment.
- While American women with only a high school diploma have seen a slight pay increase of 3% since 1979, men of similar educational background have seen wages plummet by 21%.
- The author suggests changing cultural attitudes towards child-rearing and employment industries, reforming the criminal justice system, and retooling the education system to be more accommodating of boys (particularly the youngest).
“Poorly educated men in rich countries have had difficulty coping with the enormous changes in the labour market and the home over the past half-century. As technology and trade have devalued brawn, less-educated men have struggled to find a role in the workplace.”
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