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Furchtgott-Roth to Newsmax TV: Women Occupy Solid Position in Workplace

By    |   Friday, 21 March 2014 11:42 PM

Women already hold a prominent position in the U.S. workplace, and President Barack Obama's effort to improve their lot just amounts to politics, says Diana Furchtgott-Roth, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

"It's a blatant political pitch, because American women right now have the majority of people who are graduating from high school, from college," she told Newsmax TV's "America's Forum" program.

"Did you know that 58 percent of the B.A.s and M.A.s go to women and over half of Ph.D. degrees? It's men we should be worried about, not women."

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When it comes to pay, single women between the age of 35 and 45 without children earn more than men, Furchtgott-Roth said.

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For overall full-time earnings, women make about 82 percent of what men do, she said. "The reason is that women choose different jobs and different [college] majors."

Women tend to major more in the humanities and less in sciences, Furchtgott-Roth said.

"When they graduate, there are more women who choose to work in communications and in the non-profit world than in math and science."

Women also opt for shorter hours, she said. "About 25 percent of women work part-time, and even when they work full-time, they work 10 percent fewer hours than men. Why? Because they like to combine their jobs with family. . . . They want family-flexible jobs, and the jobs pay less."

On the web site for women of Yale Law School, every year alumni pick their 10 best firms for women to work in, Furchtgott-Roth said. "Are those the firms with the highest pay? No. They're the firms with the most family-friendly policies."

Meanwhile things are looking up for the Republican Party in terms of attracting women, Furchtgott-Roth said. "Do you know what you call every American who had her health [insurance] plan cancelled in 2013? You call them Republican voters in 2014," she said.

"Women are not happy with what President Obama has done to their health plans and their doctors. I think this is going to really be the turnaround, with more women voting Republican because they don't like the Affordable Care Act."

And then there are the four "M"s.

"Our polls show that when women get to have the four 'M's--marriage, munchkins, mortgages, and mutual funds--they vote Republican rather than Democrat, and the more of those 'M's they have, the more likely they are to vote Republican," Furchtgott-Roth said.

"So it's very possible that single women might be inclined to vote Democrat. But as they get married and they go on in their life cycle, they're more likely to vote Republican."

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