By now, you probably have your holiday shopping done. Maybe you did more of it online this year. Easy for you, but bad for your local mall. Brick-and-mortar stores are losing jobs. And it turns out some workers are hit harder than others.
A new analysis shows that last year in retail, women lost jobs while men gained them. Heidi Hartmann, the president of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, is one of the authors of that study. She says women in retail lost hundreds of thousands of jobs over the past year, and men gained more than 100,000 jobs.
Hartmann says that "consumer durables" played a role in that trend. Consumers bought more durables, or products that last a long time compared to clothing or cosmetics, such as furniture, appliances or cars — and more men than women tend to sell those big ticket items.
Hartmann spoke with NPR's Lauren Frayer about the results of the study and the wage disparity between women and men in retail.