New Workplace Equalizer: Ambition


The article below is about a new strain of ambition seen from women, equalizing the male and female career ladder. These trends are no doubt fueled by student loan debt, general debt grads may have acquired and the recent downturn in the economy which may make the model of one parent staying at home extremely difficult financially.

Women as well as men are less likely in this economy and this decade to take their jobs for granted. If they are dissatisfied, they may be more cautious about building their skills and networks while still maintaining their day job, paycheck and benefits at least for the next few years until things turn around. In the meantime, it is nose to grindstone for those of us who have jobs balancing work, family, and often a second job or school at night for better prospects in the future.

Wall Street Journal
After decades of glacial change in gender roles, a new generation of working women is proving to be as ambitious as their male counterparts, as measured by their eagerness to move up the career ladder.

Based on a unique long-term study of attitudes in the U.S. work force, about two-thirds of both men and women under age 29 say they desire more responsibility on the job. Having children doesn’t dent the ambitions of young women workers; 69% of mothers in this age group say they want to move up on the job, compared with 66% of women without children, says the study of about 3,500 wage, salaried and self-employed workers and small-business owners, released Thursday by the nonprofit Families and Work Institute in New York.

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