Dudes need jobs, too. An analysis of job data from 2000 to 2010 by The New York Times found that men are entering job fields traditionally dominated by women as work becomes harder to find. “The way I look at it,” one 21-year-old man told The Times, “is that anything, basically, that a woman can do, a guy can do.” And while male empowerment may seem the oddest economic remedy imaginable, the numbers show that guys are putting on a “pink collar” to get through tough times. In Texas, the number of male registered nurses rose from 9 percent to 12 percent in 10 years, and the number of male schoolteachers jumped from 23 percent to 28 percent.
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