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.

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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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very interesting. My dad moved us for my mother's then career. They moved to the best place for her to raise us children ;-)

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks a great way of looking at it :) Being a mom is a wonderful 'job' and certainly worth a move! Thanks Ericdierker!

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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

Nice post, but the fact is women must rely on men to move in any direction.

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Before I was married I moved many times on my own throughout the US, always associated with a job change. Especially as many females become the sole breadwinners or begin to outpace the male breadwinners in the household, it makes sense that moving for her job will be happening more and more.

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Exactly, Thanks FlourishAnyway!!

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teaches12345 2 years ago

I think we are pretty much settled in now that we are in our twilight years, but I imagine my hubby would move if I recieved a good offer. He's just that kind of guy. Good read.

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

A good offer is definitely worth considering, but we are pretty settled where are at also. Thanks teaches12345!

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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

I've moved a lot as a young adult but now that I'm in a serious relationship, I feel like I will be planted until one of us decides that it's time to move somewhere else for something better.

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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hopefully you find just the right place to settle into, thank you for stopping by and all the best Torrs13!

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