More Young Women Want High-Paying Jobs

Pew Research report shows making big money is more important to younger women than to male peers

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Step aside, guys, and leave the high-paying jobs to the ladies.

That’s right, forget about all those supposed gender roles of the past. Having a career that brings in the big bucks means more to today’s young women than it does to today's young men, according to a newly released Pew Research Center report, USA Today says.

The report shows 66 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 34 think that rocking a high-paying gig is “one of the most important things” or "very important” in life, while 59 percent of guys the same age agree, the newspaper notes.

“In the last few decades, women have made major gains in higher education,” Pew’s Kim Parker tells USA Today. “This younger generation of women are more highly skilled and educated, so they can compete in a different way . . . It's not as if men have lost their ambition. It's more of a story that women have this sense of opportunity.”

Now, if we could just get that gender wage gap to close . . . 

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