In Algeria, women are becoming better educated than men, and flooding into the professions, reports the New York Times.
Women make up 70 percent of Algeriaâ€™s lawyers and 60 percent of its judges. Women dominate medicine. Increasingly, women contribute more to household income than men. Sixty percent of university students are women, university researchers say.
Though, officially, men hold all the power, women also are taking administrative jobs in government.
Algeriaâ€™s young men reject school and try to earn money as traders in the informal sector, selling goods on the street, or they focus their efforts on leaving the country or just hanging out. There is a whole class of young men referred to as hittistes â€” the word is a combination of French and Arabic for people who hold up walls.
I was surprised when U.S. women passed men by in university enrollment. I never dreamed it would happen in a conservative male-dominated society like Algeria. What’s with men and school?