At The Atlantic, we have a saying: "The recession was sexist. So was the recovery."
Here's why. After the downturn crushed male-heavy manufacturing and construction, women made up 50% of the work force for the first time in American history, prompting many to wonder whether the recession augured the "end of men." But since the unemployment rate began to come down at the end of the 2010, 70% of new jobs have gone to men. Even as women are out-graduating the guys and stand to benefit from growing female-dominated industries, they are still under-earning men in just about every degree, at every level of education, as you can see in this clickable graph:
The great triumph of the female worker is upon us, and yet women seem to lag men in that not-so-quaint category known as "money." So, tell us: Is the economy a level playing field for men and women, or are the cards stacked against one sex -- as the result of workplace sexism or the natural evolution of the service economy? This is your turn to write for The Atlantic. If you publish a smart comment under this article, we'll publish it with credit in our round-ups to be published on the site throughout the week.
Here's some prodding to get you started from me and our columnist Marty Nemko, who will lasso up your ideas and write his own take in one week: