A new study released today about attitudes in the U.S. work force revealed that for the first time, working women are equally as ambitious as men when it comes to advancing to jobs with more responsibility. The study also showed that being a mother doesn’t significantly impact women’s career ambitions.
Conducted by the Families and Work Institute, a nonprofit organization in New York, the study looked at gender roles over the past 30 years in work-life issues like family roles and attitudes about home life and the workplace.
Here are some key findings from the survey:
- Women are just as likely as men to want jobs with greater responsibility. Sixty-seven percent of men and 66 percent of women under the age of 29 want jobs with greater responsibility, compared to 80 percent of men and 72 percent of women in 1992. The figure reached its low point for both genders in 1997.
- Motherhood doesn’t play a role in women’s desire to move to jobs with more responsibility. In 1992, 60 percent of women under 29 with children and 78 percent of women without children wanted jobs with more responsibility. Today, the percentages are 69% (with children) and 66% (without children).
- Men and women are both less likely to embrace traditional gender roles. Sixty-four percent of employees in 1977 thought it was better “if the man earns the money and the woman takes care of the home and children.”Today, only 41 percent of employees believe this. The drop is even more pronounced among men (74 percent to 42 percent versus 52 percent to 39 percent of women). Now there is no statistical difference between men and women in their views.
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