A new coalition has formed to help women adversely affected by the sluggish economy. The earlier reports that the recession hurt men more than women has been superseded by the new reality. More layoffs have occurred in the public sector, which employs a lot of women; for whatever reason, moreover, the rate of layoffs of women exceeds their representation in the public sector. Since the recession ended, the job gains have helped men more than women.
There is no reason for a gender war over the small economic gains, and that is not the coalition’s purpose. It is true that in a one-parent household the parent is more likely to be the mother, however, so the job loss affects multiple people. The coalition “HERvotes, seeks to emphasize the importance of extending unemployment benefits, and providing affordable health insurance.