This article was originally published on ComeRecommended.com.
Today is Women’s Equality Day! Women have worked really hard to get where they are in the working world, and they’re not even close to stopping. Millennial women are driven and determined to make a difference. In honor of the holiday, we’ve compiled a list of statistics proving Millennial women are kicking butt in the workplace.
1. 83 percent of Millennial women expect to be more successful than women in previous generations. With every passing generation, women are more successful, so why should Millennials be any different? They’re kicking butt because they expect it to happen.
2. 96 percent of Millennial women worldwide list being independent as their most important life goal and 87 percent define success as being able to shape their own futures. Young women want to set their own paths. They want to prove themselves as the capable, strong people they are. That’s why they strive for independence.
3. Women are more educated than men. In fact, 34 percent of women now have bachelor’s degrees, compared to 27 percent of men. They also earn 60 percent of master’s degrees, about 50 percent of all law and medical degrees, and 42 percent of MBAs.
4. 53 percent of corporate entry-level jobs are held by women. It makes sense that, if more women are earning college degrees, more of them are also snagging those entry-level jobs. We’re headed in the direction of a female-dominated workplace. Who knew?
5. In the past 15 years, the number of women-owned businesses grew by 54 percent. Plus, they’re going to continue growing in the future.
6. There are now more than 8.1 million women-owned firms in the U.S. They generate nearly $1.3 trillion in revenues and employ 7.7 million workers. They’re giving our economy quite the boost.
7. Women will create more than half of the 9.72 million new small business jobs by 2018. Not only are they bumping our economy right now, but they’re going to be responsible for a lot of the growth in the future.
8. The median earnings for young women with at least a bachelor’s degree rose 20 percent over the last 30 years. Women are advancing in every aspect of the workplace.
9. 66 percent of Millennials see a female role model at their company. Women are helping other women succeed in the workplace. They see the value in having a mentor and being one in return. In fact, 94 percent of women said the best mentors are people with whom they can trade advice.
10. 94 percent of Millennial women believe they will achieve a work/life balance. Nearly half already believe their work life and personal life are in equal balance. Getting the best of both worlds is important, and many are already succeeding.
11. The majority of Millennial women feel equal to men in the workplace. A lot of progress has been made in recent years in order for this to be possible.
Despite all the ways Millennial women are succeeding in their careers, there are still obstacles. In 1979, the average woman earned 62 percent of what men earned. In the early 90s, the wage gap narrowed, and by 2007, the average woman earned 80 percent of what men earned. It a big increase, but a 20 percent difference is still a very large gap.
The ladies of the Millennial generation will continue to kick down barriers and move closer towards a truly equal workplace. Let’s celebrate them today and help them forge an even more awesome future.
In what other ways are you seeing Millennial women kick butt at work?