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Women’s Happiness

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A lot of blogs and mainstream media have been reporting on the recent studies that women’s overall happiness is decreasing. Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner wrote a great piece for the Huffington Post in response to the many male voices that have been making noise on this issue.

Rowe- Finkbeiner’s analysis of the phenomenon seems dead on. Here is a snippet of the article (we recommend reading the whole piece HERE):

Why are women unhappy? The fact that the feminist revolution is mid-course and some are calling it over just because women now number half of the labor force is a reason for unhappiness. The fact that we don’t have family-friendly policies which most other nations take as a given is another reason for unhappiness.

We’re not moving forward, we’re falling behind. According to international gender equality ratings just released by the World Economic Forum, the United States fell four spots from last year. We now stand at 31st place, just behind Lithuania. Further, falling behind hurts us all: Right now there are only 15 women CEOs at Fortune 500 companies, despite that more than 50% of college graduates are now women and despite, importantly, that recent studies show that Fortune 500 companies with women in leadership are actually doing better fiscally in this tough economic environment.

She’s a smart woman with a good point.


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