Nearly 50 Percent of Women Say That Too Much Personal Sacrifice Is at Stake
NEW YORK (June 13, 2013): Amidst
A recent survey commissioned by Zeno Group,
- Forty nine percent say
thesacrifices women leaders have to make aren’t worth it, and nine in ten agree that women leaders have to make more sacrifices than their male counterparts
- More than three-quarters of women surveyed (76%) are concerned about
their ability to achieve a balance between personal and professional goals
- Less than half of
thewomen (46%) are willing to sacrifice aspects of their personal life to achieve professional goals
- Diving deeper into
thedata, a strong majority (59%) of millennial moms agree that thesacrifices women leaders make are not worth it in contrast to 40% of those without children share that point of view
“This new data shows we must get smarter and more creative in
The survey also found that Millennial women truly value mentorship. However, surprisingly, less than 60% of
“The findings send a clear signal that we cannot operate business as usual,” said Barby K. Siegel, CEO of Zeno Group and mo
Millennial Women with Children vs. Without Children
- Millennial moms are six times more likely than millennial women without children to say that
their career is not that important to them (26% versus 4%)
- Millennial moms are three times more likely than millennial women without children to say that an inability to balance professional goals with being a parent is what is most likely to keep
them from achieving their professional goals (35% vs. 11%)
Stay-at-Home vs. Working Millennial Moms
- The study also revealed a difference in perspectives between stay-at-home versus working millennial moms, however, both agree that having a family takes a toll on achieving professional goals. Three-quarters of working moms agree that
they’ve had to make personal sacrifices to get ahead (74%), but over half say that thesacrifices that women leaders have to make are not worth it (52%).
- Almost one-third of working moms indicate that
theinability to balance professional goals with being a parent would hold them back from attaining their ultimate professional role (30%).
- Almost one-quarter of stay-at-home moms say that
theinability to afford child-care or elder-care (22%) could potentially keep them from attaining theprofessional role they ultimately desire.
The market research firm Edelman Berland conducted this online survey of 1,000 American women ages 21 to 33 who were graduates of a four year college or university was conducted May 14, 2013 – May 17, 2013. The margin of error is +/- 3% (at a 95% confidence level). Percentages may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.
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 Working moms are defined by: have children under 18 and work part-time, are employed full-time, or are self-employed.