Young Women Care More About Making Money Than Men Do?
6:30 pm, April 30th | by Amy Tennery
This is according to new Pew Center research, which asked survey respondents to report how important the fat paycheckiness of a job is to them. And sure, we all care about making a reasonable living. But women, it turns out, really really care about it.
As you can see from the graph to your left (from the Pew Center), 56 percent of women ages 18 to 34 ranked a high-paying career as “one of the most important things” or “very important” in their lives back in 1997. That number sky-rocketed to 66 percent by 2011 — while the guys stayed fairly stagnant, inching up to 59 percent in 2010 from 58 percent in 1997.
Women care more about making money — themselves. Crazy stuff.
This of course pokes a big, whopping hole in Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman’s recent argument that the gender gap was due to women’s lack of career ambition and whatnot. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Grothmann argued:
“You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be breadwinner someday, ay be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”
Yes, you could argue that, Grothmann. But you’d be wrong. Pew Center just said as much.