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“You’ve come a long way, baby,” the old cigarette ad used to say. Decades later, the same can finally be said about women who are succeeding in high-paying careers.
There’s been major shift in the values women and men place on career, in terms of their overall life priorities.
The latest numbers, according to the Pew Research Center: Among women age 18-34, career is listed near the top by 66% of those surveyed; meanwhile, only 59% of men in the same age group shared that passion.
In 1997, 58% of men and 56% of young women described their careers in those terms.
Going back further, a 1978 Gallup survey asked men and women to react to the statement, “Commitment to a meaningful career is very important to me.”
Among young men (age 18-34), 67% agreed strongly. Only 53% of women shared that view.
There’s also been a change among middle-aged women who say that being in a high-paying job or high-paying profession “is one of the most important” or “very important” requirements they seek.
Today, among women and men aged 35-64, 42% of women and 43% of men described their jobs in those terms. In 1997, 46% of middle-aged men and 26% of women said this reflected their view.
Bringing home the bacon remains a less equitable experience, though.
In 2010, earnings for female full-time or salaried workers had a median weekly wage of $669; men in the same position had a $824 median weekly wage.
One place where women have outperformed men is in college enrollment and graduation.
Also as of October 2010:
- 44% of women aged 18-34 were enrolled in undergrad or graduate programs
- 38% of men in the same age group were enrolled
- 36% of women 25-29 had at least a bachelor’s degree
- only 28% of men in the same age group held at least a bachelor’s degree.