Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Thursday, February 27, 2014

College Women Buying into Soft War on Women

Young Women and Stubborn Stereotypes

Despite the popular notion that the sky's the limit for smart, ambitious females, new research finds that many college women doubt their ability to achieve.
Many are more pessimistic than young women in the past about having a significant career and a personal life. Just as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is telling women to "lean in" to their careers, they are wondering if this is possible.
A recent study of undergraduates at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania finds that "young women's hopes for and expectations of equitable sharing on the work and home fronts are on the wane." Management professor Stewart D. Friedman reports that "young women today believe that something has to give, even if that means adopting more traditional roles at points along life's journey."

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