Business Week Reports Career Women at Midlife Sadder and Sicker

8 years ago

It's 60 years since Rosie the Welder and women in the paid work force. Where we began: at the bottom in a place where Ayn Rand defined work as linear,ladderlike, dollar driven,with few winners; many losers. The bottom line: Climb the ladder. Rewards are monetary. You need a wife to succeed (combining work & family).

With our expectations shaped by the good girls are...good girls get...; and our work life and family life through the impossible tensions of "Winning" and  "have it all; achieve balance", it's no wonder women are stressed and disappointed. 

We are on the verge of momentous change - women are accessing work/biz opportunities in sufficient critical mass to change culture and the work place. Women are redefining success from a female perspective and in the process redefining work - outside and inside the home.

We're being supported in that transition by Gen Y.

We're moving in the right direction. Transition is rarely pretty or fun. So maybe we're sadder and sicker than than we were in 1972 (when I graduated from high school and my stay at home mom lost her first child to university), but we're also making more choices, finding opportunities, riding the rollercoaster.  With time and more women on top (corner offices, boards, business owners), it will get better and better.

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