Amid fears that emerging technologies will render human workers unnecessary, research suggests that not only will women survive the automation of work but that they may also benefit from it.

Considering that women dominate fields such as nursing, teaching and other care work, it is unlikely that automation can duplicate the pre-requisites necessary in those fields such as social skills and empathy.

And while most research calls the fear of replacing the entire human workforce with robots “unjustified,” there are professions like those requiring physical labor that will experience changes at the hands of automation.

Yet, jobs that require problem solving, care taking and literacy are not among those that will experience any significant threats. As such, women are expected to weather changes in the labor market due to automation better than men.

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