Women in the Millennial age group (18 to early 30s) define their career success differently and less linearly than previous generations of women. Their expectations have declined: 66% of Millennial women said they expected their careers to be equal to those of their spouses, compared with 79% of Baby Boomers. Where 86% of Baby Boomer women expected to succeed in combining their careers and family life, only 75% of Millennial woman say the same.
Highlights of various studies of Millennial women’s attitudes:
• The Center for Talent Innovation found that young people said they saw their parents struggle while working full time, or leave the work force altogether, and wanted a different option.
• A Harvard Business School study of its alumni, released as part of the school’s new gender initiative, found that 37% of Millennial women and 42% of those already married planned to interrupt their career for family. That compared with 28% of Gen X women and 17% of Baby Boomers.
• The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania found from graduating women students that, while 78% of the business school graduates in 1992 said they planned to have children, 42% said the same by 2012.
• A Pew Research Center study found that 58% of working Millennial mothers said being a working mother made it harder for them to get ahead in their careers, compared with 38% of older women.