Women and Productivity
|Women as a group pay no federal taxes and in fact get
BACK from the IRS $100 billion more in tax credits and "earned income credits"
than they pay in taxes.|
|In the last 3-4 decades, US GDP per worker decreased
$2,650 for each one percent increase in the percent of the labor force which is women.|
|Around the world today, GDP per Capita decreases
$2,450 for each one percent increase in the percent of the labor force which is women.|
|The negative productivity of one woman worker is
equivalent to the positive productivity of 14 men workers. [read: it takes 14 men to
compensate for the damages cause by one woman, on average]|
|SAT scores across the country, from state to state,
decrease 2 points for each 1% increase in the percent of principals who are women.|
|Around the world, from country to country, TIMSS
scores decrease 7 points for each 1% increase in the percent of teachers who are women.|
|Even though social security is supposed to be a
"retirement system", already more than a third of social security disbursements
are paid to women who neither paid into the system in the first place nor are retired.|
|Because women live longer than men, women are two
thirds of the beneficiaries of medicare to which men are the primary contributors.|
|Women on average earn only 18% of family incomes, and
men earn 82%|
|According to nine independent studies, women initiate
up to two out of three acts of domestic violence|
|According to the Third National Incidence Study of
Child Abuse and Neglect, children are 18 times more likely to be fatally abused by mothers
than by biological fathers, and mothers constitute 78% of the defendants of fatal child
abuse and biological fathers only 2%. http://christianparty.net/nis3.htm
Gross Domestic Product by the
Gold Standard versus the percent of women in the labor force
The negative productivity of an extra woman
worker is equivalent to the positive productivity of 14 American men workers.
This pattern is similar worldwide.
Each 1% increase in the percent of women in the
labor force reduces TIMSS scores by one point.
Savings decrease by 1% of GDP for
each 1% increase in women
with higher educations.
Less than 2% of Japan's managers are women and Japan now has the world's highest
GDP per Worker.
rare in Japan
BY YURI KAGEYAMA
Associated Press Writer
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese women lag far
behind their American sisters in their climb into
higher corporate ranks, government figures out today show. But there
are signs of change, however incremental.
People are marveling over Mazda Motor Corp.'s new plan to
promote a few women and give 500 others a raise.
The praise Mazda is winning underlines the momentous obstacles
women face at Japanese companies -- where they are routinely put
on a separate track from men as soon as they are hired and often
expected to quit when they get married.
When Mazda looked at the performance and skills of their women
employees, it found that 500, or about a third of their female work
force, deserved either promotion or a better job grade, which
As a result, two or three women will be promoted by this fall to the
lowest managerial position, called assistant manager, a title now held
by 2,300 men and only four women at Mazda.
A Westerner might wonder why so many women hadn't gotten their
proper due before. In Japan, the news was praised as proof of
``Women promoted -- 500 at once,'' declared a headline in the liberal
Asahi newspaper. A commentator on a news program praised the
move as surprisingly drastic.
``It means more opportunities for women, so it's great news,'' said
Mazda spokeswoman Nobuko Watanabe, one of only three female
section chiefs at the automaker. ``I think many women here are
Today's study by the Labor Ministry painted a far more dismal
The proportion of women in management has hardly changed at all
according to the latest figures available, a survey comparing last year's
findings to 1995's.
Women made up 1.2 percent of
department directors, down from 1.5
percent, and 2.4 percent of section chiefs, up slightly from 2 percent.
Women made up 7.8 percent of lowest level management, up slightly
from 7.3 percent. The study looked at about 6,000 companies
employing 30 or more people.
In the United States, women make up about 46 percent of
management, although they are still a tiny minority at top levels,
according to a U.N. study.
Japan's recent economic troubles curtailed the promotion of women,
said ministry official Akiko Yoshimoto.
``Progress is very gradual, and it's difficult to say advancement is
coming smoothly,'' she said.
The study showed that old attitudes die hard. Companies continued to
justify assigning jobs only to men by saying that there were no women
who could do the job.
Asked why they had not promoted women to management, they said
women lacked skills, experience and decision-making ability.
``In Japan, sexual equality is all talk and not at all reflected in actual
practice,'' said feminist activist Chiyo Saito.
Saito said she suspected that Mazda announced what for Japan is a
radical measure because it is 33.4 percent owned by U.S. automaker
Ford Motor Co.
Mazda said that erasing sexual discrimination in promotions was part
of an overall policy of changing old-style Japanese ways to Western
standards in order to keep up with the international competition.
``Unless we do away with the basic thinking that women should stay
at home and shouldn't be working, things aren't going to change,'' said
Kazumi Suzuki, a 26-year-old temporary worker at a U.S. bank. She
quit her job at a Japanese company after enduring three frustrating
``I've had it with Japanese companies,'' she said.
(PROFILE (CO:Ford Motor; TS:F; IG:AUT;) )