What Do Career Women Want

Posted May 11, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Women's Issues

“What do women want?” A question the romantic comedy genre has been trying to answer for years. Mel Gibson was hit by lightening and suddenly could hear all the low self-esteem, self-sabotaging thoughts of the women around him. Richard Gere offers a prostitute a condo in New York City and gets turned down, a total slap in the face to any man proclaiming he might know what women want.

One of my favorite movies of all time is “Baby Boom”, the 1980s story of a fast-rising corporate woman who is suddenly given a child by a long-lost cousin. Prior to the baby debacle, the lead character has a tense conversation with a male boss who tells her he can, and does “have it all” because he has a wife to “take care of things.” Diane Keaton’s character responds, “Is that what you’re worried about? Well, don’t! I don’t want it all.” Apparently that was the answer to “what women want” in the 1980s – they want what they can get!

Fast forward nearly three decades and a new Pew Research Center proves just the opposite. Women no longer want what they can get – damnit, they want it ALL!

The graph below shows that more women than men value a high-paying job as one of the most important things in their lives.

Yet the statistic above doesn’t seem to affect the one below – the fact that, in addition to a high-paying job, women value marriage and family as very important as well – even more so than men.

So what’s the answer to that old question, “What do women want?” According to Pew Research Center, EVERYTHING!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."