A new survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers finds that millennial women — those around the ages of 20 to 35 — are more career ambitious, better educated and enter the workforce at higher rates than ladies of previous generations. But they still feel they’re lacking some of the opportunities their male counterparts have.
The firm surveyed nearly 9,000 female millennials, women born between 1980 and 1995, globally. Here’s what else they found, in a nutshell:
They packed their traveling shoes: Seventy-one percent of millennial women surveyed said they wanted to work outside their home country, but only 20 percent of people currently assigned to international jobs are women.
They want to work — and have a life: Actually, 97 percent of millennial men and women said flexibility and work-life balance are important to them.
They bring home the bacon: About a quarter of millennial women in relationships earn more than their sweethearts, and 42 percent earn the same amount.
They want good jobs: Participants ranked advancement opportunities, competitive wages and incentives, workplace flexibility, good benefits and training opportunities as top traits in employers.
They care about diversity: 86 percent of women said prospective employers’ diversity, equality and inclusion policies were important to them, compared to 74 percent of men. Many felt that, while organizations talk about diversity, opportunities aren’t really all that equal.
They still don’t feel equal: Only 49 percent of women starting their careers felt they could make it to the top ranks at their current employer, compared to 71 percent of males.
They lack role models: There aren’t many role models for female millennials who want to climb corporate ladders, and they know it: Less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, and a quarter of milennials surveyed said there weren’t senior women they resonated with in their workplace.