April 20, 2012
Forget anything you have ever learned about traditional gender roles. Today, young women want it all.
A new Pew Research Center study, released on Thursday, found that 66 percent of women ages 18 to 34 said being successful and having a high-paying job are very important or one of the most important things in life. Only 59 percent of men ages 18 to 34 said the same thing. In 1997, 56 percent of women and 58 percent of men felt the same way.
It looks as if women aren't giving up other parts of their life for their careers, however; they are just becoming better multi-taskers. The women in the study also claimed to want a healthy marriage and to raise a family successfully.
At this point in time, when women are surpassing men in college enrollment and completion, it is empowering them to want more career and financial success. No longer are women expected to attend secretarial school and raise a family full-time -- those days are long gone.
Despite women's interest for having a successful career, the wage gap continues to exist. In 2010, women in their late teens and 20s earned 95 cents for every dollar a man made; women ages 55 to 64 earned only 75 cents for every dollar; and researchers found that female MBA grads earn $115,000, on average, while males earn $130,000. The numbers are close, but are they close enough?
It's important to remember that men are not at fault here. Attitudes are changing, and both men and women consider their marriage and family to be the very top priority in their lives. Perhaps we are moving in the right direction -- only time will tell.
Emily Keck, ChaCha Business