economics

Did WW2 really help Rosie the Riveters?

World War II often is cited as a watershed moment for getting American women in the workplace. To commemorate D-Day, Cristen and Caroline reexamine whether the war really helped Rosie the Riveters climb career ladders.

Are Americans Becoming Too Poor to Marry?

Here's a doozy of a claim: "Marriage is becoming a distinctive social institution marking middle-class status."...

Why is breadwinning a guy thing?

The first -- and fastest -- answer to the question of why breadwinning is something male heads of households do is that it isn't. Or at least it isn't the case more than ever before, according to new data from the Pew Research Center that has reinvigorated old debates about women and work. Reported on in The New York Times, the Pew survey results found that women are the primary breadwinners in four in 10 American households with children under 18, the largest proportion in history...

Where do our clothes end up when we donate them? (hint: Africa) In fact, donated and discarded clothing may be the #1 American export. Tune in to learn how donated clothes from the West are destroying local textile industries in developing countries

It's no secret that women tend to pay more for haircuts, but that's only one of the products and services that are more expensive for women. So how does it all add up? Join Molly and Cristen as they explore whether or not it costs more to be a woman.

If there were more women on Wall Street, would the financial crisis have happened? Are women more suited to the world of finance than men, or less? Molly and Cristen explore these questions and the role of American women in finance in this episode.

More men than women have lost their jobs due to the recession, and male participation in the domestic sphere has increased as a result. Tune in to learn how the recession is affecting domestic dynamics in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Can lipstick predict economic trends and consumer confidence? The lipstick indicator says it can. Find out if fashion and beauty really affect economic trends in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Marriage has pros and cons, but is it a good investment? Check out this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com to find out how matrimony affects your bottom line, particularly if you're a woman.