Do you ever wonder what young women see when they look at the world now? When we graduated college in the 1990’s (and forgive me for assuming that you are in my age range), we were headed into a completely different world. Email was new and computers either sat on the floor or were hoisted up onto their sides next to the screen. There were pagers just for texting and cell phones for calling family in the case of an emergency. Though it does not feel like forever ago, it was still a time when the quickest transmission of information came by fax.
It was also a time, though again not long ago, when women pursued careers until they had children. Then they made the decision about whether or not to head back to work or to stay at home and raise kids. Working from home or becoming self-employed were just not viable options then. There were exceptions, of course, but that glass ceiling continued to loom above most of us.
Without a doubt women who choose to continue rising up that ladder are equally as amazing as those who choose to remove themselves from the workforce after having children. Today, however, there are also a multitude of career paths that did not exist in such numbers before. According to research by Economic Modeling Specialists International, the number of people who primarily work on their own (those who are self-employed) has risen by 1.3 million from 2001 to 10.6 million, a 14% increase. Additionally, about 13.4 million people currently work from home in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. That is an increase of 4 million people since 1999.
I would like to think that somehow we women in social media have paved the way for the women who are graduating today, that we have carved out options and opportunities we did not have at their age and that their generation can take a step further.
So it makes me wonder what young women see when they look at the world now. Do they see endless possibilities? Do they see that glass ceiling or do they see up all the way to the sky? Do they see those options and opportunities? Do they truly believe that they can have it all?
I sure hope so.