Sunday, August 18, 2013

Rabenmutter: Germany Waging the War for Talent Without Women

Working mothers key to managing demographic decline at Pacific Standard magazine.

Theme: Demographic decline and ironic labor force growth.

Subject Article: "Germany Fights Population Drop."

Other Links: 1. "Is the German insult 'Raven mothers' holding back women at work?"
2. "Ireland, Miracles, and Women."
3. "A Tale of Two Rust-Belt Cities."
4. "Recovery And Outmigration."

Postscript: Changing cultural attitudes is hard to do. Pittsburgh struggled with same raven mother problem as Germany. The necessary shift takes time, a lot of time. Decades. Journalists suffer from the same malaise. Stock mesofacts die hard. The embrace of the revitalized Pittsburgh narrative is recent, within the last few years. The investigation into the turnaround doesn't dig very deep, maybe back to the 1980s. However, the break with convention started in the late 1940s and early 1950s. After World War II, Pittsburgh pivoted away from manufacturing as its raison d'etre. Detroit didn't. The divergent fortunes may be only 10-years old. The reason for the split, on the other hand, dates back half of a century.

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