Young Women Value a Successful Career More Than Young Men Do

Young women also value marriage and children more than young men.

Posted: 04/24/2012 06:30 AM EDT

A new Pew Research Center study shows that more young women than young men strive for a successful career. According to the study's results, 66 percent of women between the ages of 18–34 said a successful, high-paying job is important to them while 59 percent of men said the same. But women also placed high value on wanting to marry and have children.

“They’re not backing away from wanting a successful marriage and wanting to be a successful parent,” Kim Parker, the associate director of Pew Social and Demographic Trends, said to MSNBC. “They’re saying they want all of those things.”

While men's desire for career success did increase a percent, women's value for the same has increased 10 percent since 1997. Today, more women are earning college degrees and make up more than half the workforce, so they're not only voicing their desires, but they're working towards making these goals happen as well.

It's interesting that the importance of marriage for young men has decreased to 29 percent and that older men and women place less value on success in their careers.


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