Yet another study is dissecting the thought process of women 33 and under. Millennial women are turning down top jobs not because they have no ambition, but because they are not willing to make the “perceived” personal sacrifices female executives are forced to make.
The report from Business News Daily, cites the Zeno Group as the author of the study, yet there’s no link to the study. It also doesn’t make clear what “top jobs” mean. The narrow study was based on surveys of 1,000 American women ages 21 to 33 who graduated from a four- year college or university.
What is clear, is that millennials are part of the 60 percent of American women that want a work-life balance. Balance, a myth or not, is important and how we define success is an individual thing.
The main findings of the study:
1. Fifteen percent of women between the ages of 21 and 33 have no desire to lead “ large and prominent organization.”
2. Ninety percent of women surveyed believe that female executives are forced to make greater sacrifices than male executives.
3. Less than 50 percent of the women surveyed are willing to sacrifice aspects of their personal life to achieve professional goals.
4. Millennial moms are six times more likely than millennial women without children to say that their career is not that important to them.
5.Millennial moms are three times more likely than millennial women without kids to say that an inability to balance professional goals with being a parent is what is keeping them from achieving their professional goals.
More women have come to believe time is worth more than money and that power is being able to choose your own work environment and schedule. It goes beyond being a millennial and it’s not simply an issue of leaning in or leaning out. It comes back to whatever makes a woman happy.