We are a sexist society. I don't think it's any surprise that after 25 years of Republican family values that women have been marginalized and objectified in a way reminiscent of the 1950s. The fact that they are declining as a percent of the workforce underscores the economic consequences of discrimination. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Parenting/story?id=5424072&page=1 The number of women in the workplace has been declining for several years and experts had theorized that more women were deciding to forego careers and be stay-at-home moms. Study indicates shift in economy has led to more women staying home. But a Congressional study released today found that women aren't "opting out" of the workforce to raise children. For the first time in nearly a half-century, they are being forced onto the sideline by bad economic times. ... While there have been slight dips in the number of working women in the past five decades, those numbers have always bounced back even stronger than before. But since 2000, the percentage of women finding jobs has remained below that 75 percent peak. As of June 2008, it stood at 73 percent. That may seem like a small number, but those 2 percentage points represent about 4 million women who are not employed.