Can All Women Be Pharmacists?: A Critique of Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men

21 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2013  

Michael Selmi

George Washington University Law School

Sonia Weil

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Selmi, Michael and Weil, Sonia, Can All Women Be Pharmacists?: A Critique of Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men (2013). Boston University Law Review, Vol. 93, No. 3, 2013; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-114; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-114. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2320813

Michael L. Selmi (Contact Author)

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Sonia Weil

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

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Washington, DC 20052
United States

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