Women on the Move
In most kids’ books or movies, when a best friend is required to move away, the go-to reason given is “My dad got a new job.” This reflects the traditional mindset that a male spouse’s or parent’s career is the one worth moving for. Whether women’s jobs in generations past were less lucrative, or because families didn’t consider women’s career pursuits as a high priority as the man’s, a woman’s job change was much less often cited as the reason for a move. This mentality is certainly on its way out as proven by a survey conducted by Business Insider. When people over 65 years old were asked whether they would move for their wife’s job, only 37% said they would be willing to do so. It isn’t surprising, then, that when Greensboro movers arrived for a job 20-30 years ago, it was rarely to support a woman’s career relocation.
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Just 59% of Baby Boomers say they'd relocate if their wife got a new job, according to a recent survey from moving company Mayflower.
A Change of Pace
However, with each generation, the number of those willing to move for a woman’s career has increased. Among the baby boom generation, the number jumped up to 59%-- over half would be willing to relocate based on a wife’s job change. Jump ahead to the Millennials—those born in between approx. 1981-2000 - and the number reached 72%.
The cause for this change can’t be defined with certainty, but it seems to be a logical result of the increasing normalcy of women not only being a part of the work force, but pursuing careers in a wider range of fields with opportunities for promotion and relocation. Instead of working mainly in teaching, nursing, or clerical careers, which rarely require relocation, women now comprise a greater percentage of business, marketing, financial, government, and technology jobs. There has also been a shift in women seeking careers, rather than just jobs.
A Changing Workforce
Each generation has found these circumstances more normal and expected. Millennials are more likely than past generations to have grown up in a home with a female parent who pursued a career and contributed significantly to household expenses. They were also more likely to have been raised surrounded by messages encouraging girls to pursue careers of any type in the same way that boys were. Therefore, it only makes sense that Millennials would find it perfectly natural to place a woman’s career on equal footing with a man’s.
Recent studies also show that the percentage of women who are the main breadwinner in a household has increased, meaning that moving for a woman’s career is often the most financially sound move for the family. This fact is less likely to bother Millennials than previous generations, who were generally raised with more rigid stereotypes of male and female roles. Millennials, on the other hand, are generally known for being tolerant and much more open-minded about social roles.
Women on the Move
So, the next time a Greensboro moving company takes on a job, chances are much higher now that they may be moving a family in which a woman is pursuing a career opportunity. And, next time a character on a kids’ show is sadly telling their best friend farewell, it just might be because his mom got a promotion.
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