#1438: Pink Collar Jobs And Baby Cafes

Feb 15, 2017

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear why pink-collar jobs have trouble attracting men; find out about baby cafes, and bring you a listener essay. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Pink-collar jobs are defined as roles in the service industry such as teaching, nursing, or waitressing. These jobs, most often filled by women, pay less than what men typically see for blue-collar jobs in manufacturing. But as blue-collar jobs are disappearing and pink-collar jobs are on the rise, men are not exactly bursting down the doors for the latter. To find out why, 51%’s Patrick Garrett spoke with Claire Cain Miller from the New York Times about her article on how men view jobs that are stereotypically seen as women’s work. 

That was Claire Cain Miller, correspondent for the New York Times’ site for analysis of policy and economics, The Upshot. 

There are Baby Cafés across the U.S., and more will be opening. In fact, five are slated for a New York City suburb, in Rockland County. Rockland was one of six New York recipients of a state grant to encourage breastfeeding and the grant will help Rockland’s first Baby Café to be up and running by the end of the year. 

Iranian-American writer Firoozeh Dumas, who lives in Germany, has written books like Funny in Farsi and It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel. KALW’s Sandip Roy has more.

And we have a President’s Day theme of sorts in this essay from Deb Smith. She is Professor of Health Services at SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York.  

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