[LMB] OT: women's work

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Wed Nov 11 17:49:48 GMT 2015


> On Nov 11, 2015, at 4:01 AM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> 
>>> IME, it's mainly women who do soldering. 
>> 
>> That seems odd - why is that?
> 
> Smaller fingers, finer motor control[1].  Most soldering now is very
> tight work, with surface-mount components.  Increasingly, it's being
> automated away, and most of what's left is done in China, probably in
> dreadful conditions.  And of course, women are cheaper, especially in
> countries where they don't even pretend to think they're as important.
> 
> [1] My daughter solders much better than I do, for instance; she
> generally finished up her projects first in her class, and ended up
> helping the boys!

China uses women for most factory type work.   On the other hand, India uses men for most factory type work (wasting half the workforce).   But China produces more electronics than India does.


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