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The flood of women on to the labour market has been good news for companies seeking flexibility. Patricia Morgan says it is bad news for men and family life

By Patricia Morgan   May 1996

Those who first framed equal opportunity legislation could not have foreseen the extent to which the monumental structure of male livelihoods which resulted from the industrial revolution would be swept away. Had they known, would they have acted differently?

The data speaks for itself. There are now only 250,000 fewer women with jobs than men. Male wages, especially at the bottom end of the market, have stagnated or declined as women’s wages have risen. The laws of supply and demand ensure that men cannot command the sort of rates they enjoyed when they monopolised the labour market.

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