This essay, which appears in a Symposium Edition of the Boston University Law Review, critiques the optimistic view presented by Hannah Rosin in her recent book, The End of Men. In the essay, we critique Rosin’s argument for the rise – and triumph -- of women with a particular focus on educational and employment equality. Relying on current data, we demonstrate that despite women’s educational gains there remains significant segregation among college majors, with women continuing to dominate fields that often lead to low-paying professions (with the notable exception of pharmacists, which we discuss). We also analyze the continuing wage inequality which still shows women making less even when performing the same jobs as men. The last part of the Essay explores the complicated issue of choice and seeks to debunk the facile explanations for the continued gender disparities that mark contemporary society. We conclude by noting that Rosin’s book, while engaging and provocative, would be best catalogued in the fiction section.
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GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-114; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-114
Michael Selmi & Sonia Weil, Can All Women Be Pharmacists? A Critique of Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men, 93 Boston Univ. L. Rev. 851-870 (2013).