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The past few years have seen a huge number of state and local government jobs cut, with continuing public sector job losses. That's bad for the economy, with those public sector job losses counteracting some of the private sector job creation happening each month and dragging down the economy. But it's worse for women, as the Economic Policy Institute's David Cooper explains. Women make up a much higher proportion of state and local workers than of the overall workforce, and:

[T]hey also have taken the brunt of the job losses in state and local governments. Of the net change in total state and local employment between 2007 and 2011—a decline of roughly 765,000 jobs—70 percent of the drop is from female employees. Today, there are about 540,000 fewer women in state and local jobs than in 2007, compared with about 225,000 fewer men.
African-Americans, too, have been hit hard by public sector job cuts. The disproportionate impact women and black people face from attacks on public sector workers are something to remember about those attacks—in the grand scheme of things, the Republican project is to damage government and dismantle the middle class entirely, but they find sexism and racism to be very handy tools for accomplishing that.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 02:45 PM PST.

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  •  AAnd public sector workers are usually (6+ / 0-)

    union members.

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." - Thomas Paine

    by blueoregon on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 02:50:34 PM PST

    •  I have wondered how they were able to (1+ / 0-)
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      desert rain

      be so successful with the propaganda that public workers are "overpaid".  I had not thought about the over-representation of women and minorities in public sector jobs, presumable because of less discrimination in hiring and fewer alternative to equal pay in the private sector.  Their base is programed to believe that because so many public employees are women and minorities, who don't "deserve" a living wage in GOP land.

      “when Democrats don’t vote, Democrats don’t win.” Alan Grayson

      by ahumbleopinion on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 09:31:43 AM PST

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  •  Yes, it is part of the premeditated attack (5+ / 0-)

    on women. Think of the goal every time you see a Republican governor advocate breaking contracts with teachers or public health workers...  Educated women with jobs that pay a living wage are dangerous, a threat to 'the family'...

  •  thanks Laura OH SB 5 was part of the war on women (5+ / 0-)

    Like all the ALEC Kochroach brothers' legislation to take our birthrights away from us . Hit us in the wallet and in the vagina. Let us uppity women know where our place is. They hate us and I hate them right back.

    I'm tired that the stupid people voted, but we didn't.

    Tipped and rec'ed

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 06:46:22 PM PST

  •  Not to forget Obama and Dem's deficit cutting (0+ / 0-)

    fundamentalism while bailing out the zombie banks. Justice will be to make Wall street pay for the budget crisis they created.

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 01:01:38 AM PST

  •  It's no joke. (2+ / 0-)
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    SammyJames, ahumbleopinion

    The war on the public sector IS part of a politically expedient, continuing war on women, etc., and we are even treated to some choice misogynistic venting occasionally in this venue.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 08:25:20 AM PST

  •  To be fair to the GOP, they also (1+ / 0-)
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    reliably advocate for war, which disproportionally hits men.

    •  Why be fair to the GOP? (0+ / 0-)

      They aren't fair to anyone.

    •  to be even more fair (1+ / 0-)
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      desert rain

      the wars are made possible by women who give birth to the men who fight them.

      One reason to end birth control coverage: frees up jobs that should have belonged to men anyhow, and the girlies can stay home and incubate the next generation of cannon fodder.

      “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” ~ Confucius

      by susanthe on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 09:28:53 AM PST

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  •  i'm going to be posting a State and Local Action (1+ / 0-)
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    Group diary this week coming. It's time for us to begin to compile the damaging impact that state and local government actions have had on the real lives of those in our communities.

    The way it works is that we'll prepare flyers that can be printed by anyone. By state or even county. And we can distribute them either on our own, in our communities, or work with local DECs (or anyone with access to voter registration data) to mail them to occasionally-voting dems and left leaning indies in our communities.

    I'm also planning a drive to encourage people to make sure they're registered and ready to vote in their local communities.

    We can do this.

    If you aren't following the State and Local action group, please do.

    I need your help for the NN booth for People-Powered Public Television ( Please help me out with your vote! CLICK HERE

    by mdmslle on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 08:38:02 AM PST

  •  And more than 99% of those people used (0+ / 0-)

    spoons to eat their soup.

    We can't forget that the GOP is not merely anti-government, racist and sexist, but anti-spoon.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 08:39:28 AM PST

  •  Straight Tickets (D) (1+ / 0-)
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    This year, please everyone -- just go to your polling places and just check off, mark, touch, or pull (D) on your ballot. It almost doesn't matter, unless you live in a Southern state where blue dog Democrats are sometimes running.

    But we have primaries for those, too.


    Just remember that this year in particular -- that "D" does, or should, mean something important.

    •  Amen, SJ... (1+ / 0-)
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      Heather in SFBay

      We can't let the republicans take the WH or the Senate.

      And if they somehow got both HsoC and the WH then it's curtains. They would unleash a wave of deregulation, austerity, environmental devastation and endless war that would finish this country.

      They are unfit to govern.

      Let The Wild Rumpus Begin!

      by dclawyer06 on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 09:16:13 AM PST

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  •  His Roundness (3+ / 0-)

    Chris Christi has been leading the charge here in New Jersey. Divide and conquer is a high art form here in the Garden State. All of the 99% eventually get gored in one way or another. Except the goring is done small herd by small herd. Back in fall he refused to increase state income tax on the 1% with the typical GOPer bullshit. Now, the year before he goes up re-election, he is going to try sprinkle New Jersey pixie dust, an across the board 10% tax cut, on all.

    A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished. - Eva Gabor

    by nomorerepukes on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 08:43:30 AM PST

    •  Depressing, innit?... (1+ / 0-)
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      Divide and conquer is a high art form here in the Garden State. All of the 99% eventually get gored in one way or another.
      That's why we've gotta get Warren in. She's the first step in a long march to fight back against superficial posturing on issues that impact the poor and working class.
      She insists on substantive discussions of income inequality.

      If we lose that race, the party establishment will learn all the wrong lessons and conclude that a sustained focus on bread and butter issues for the poor is not enough for a campaign.
      Even in a blue state.

      Let The Wild Rumpus Begin!

      by dclawyer06 on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 09:03:50 AM PST

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  •  They know they are a shrinking (2+ / 0-)
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    demographic - they want to go back to the old rules of always playing downhill with the sun at their back.  They know in their hearts that having to compete with women and minorities means they won't always win.

    But I really think they have jumped the shark in the past 2 years - the 'Reagan Democrats' were the ones who lost big this time, women and men. Women's incomes are necessary for staying in the middle class; loss of either partner's job is crucial.

    The social issues are losing their impact.  Linking birth control to abortion only resonates at the fringes and same sex marriage doesn't bother most folks any more.    

    No one likes their likely presidental nominee and invigorated unions are pouring money into Congressional and state elections this cycle.  

    I see these attacks as a desperate attempt to hold on to their power.  We can beat them back.

    •  Shrinking violet... (0+ / 0-) the red disappears, yes -- you CAN hold your breath for a while without turning blue. But I wouldn't hold your breath too long if you expect for the red to stay in your cheeks. Those of us who hold their breath for too long won't be blue or red --

      they'll be white.

      I promise you -- the color blue will be in full-bloom come autumn...

  •  Do you have Susan B. Komen permission (0+ / 0-)

    for that color pink you used on your envelope?

    Just wondered.

    BTW, how are the Komen folks doing these days?  Haven't heard much.

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty Rick Santorum said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 09:38:04 AM PST

  •  Is it November yet??? (1+ / 0-)
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    The Grand Over-reach Party is doing so much good for everybody, I just can't wait to see how they fare this November. We must get everybody out to the polls, the minorities, women, gays, young people, everybody. We need to send a message to the Repugs. We won't tolerate your off the cliff policies and vtoer intimidation!!!

  •  And thus do we have (0+ / 0-)

    the explanation for why the right wing is opposed to the public sector and public sector jobs, look to whom they go.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 09:48:01 AM PST

  •  Women have always been unequal in regard to (0+ / 0-)

    employment.  And senior women are paying for it all over again in below poverty level social security benefits.

    There needs to be a minimum standard of living for all.

  •  I am one (0+ / 0-)

    of those women in local government who lost her job.

    Here in CA, it wasn't so much a Federal issue as it was a state issue, the execution of redevelopment. Doesn't help either that Congress is also slashing programs for local government to help respond to the crisis through the "domestic programs", like the very effective CDBG and HOME programs.

    But sadly, the final CA issue outcome was not the result of Republicans, it was primarily Democratic...and an action supported by MANY of my fellow DKers. This result was due to the short-sightedness of legislature, the lack of a public understanding of the true and long term impacts, and the vilification of the many due to the actions of the few. This along with the utter inability of the legislature to function effectively and develop a sustainable budget...which includes revenue increases.  Now THAT part IS because of Rethuglicans absolute "no taxes, no way, never" stance that is successfully slowly drowning government.

    In our most recent layoff, there were 4 of us that lost our jobs...all women, but this is also the 3rd round of layoffs within 3 years. Our city, through layoffs, attrition and elimination of vacant positions once held for promotional, staffing flexibility or project load needs...has shrunk to a third of the size it was for most of my 18+ years there. Yet the public's expectations for the same level of response and service is ridiculous...seriously. And we're also vilified as being lazy and not worthy of our benefits that we've worked just as hard for ...if not harder than some of the private sector workers...many times while our salaries remain far more stagnant than the private sector.

    ANYway...sorry, bit of a rant that's gone all over the place...and a lot to type on my cell phone!  Point being, I guess, is...

    ...I couldn't agree more.

    "If I can't change the world, I'll change the world within my reach" - Catie Curtis & Mark Erelli

    by Heather in SFBay on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 11:47:50 AM PST

  •  Yet another blow to women... (0+ / 0-)

    enough is enough...all the slams to women the past few weeks...yet another and another...this must stop!  Sigh...

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