An informal survey 30 years after graduating shows that professional women, given the choice, want jobs, not careers, so they can care for their families.
Not too long ago, I attended my law school reunion. I am pleased to report that those who attended — comprising about one-fifth of my graduating class — were, for the most part, happy with their lives. I noticed something interesting, though, and I throw it out here for what it’s worth:
I spoke with about fifty percent of the attendees from my class (i.e., one tenth of the people with whom I graduated), with my conversations fairly evenly distributed between men and women. My takeaway from this small sample was that, in the thirty years since we all graduated, the men had embarked upon careers, while the women had held jobs.
To elaborate, since I attended a very nice law school, all of my friends graduated with job offers in hand at small or mid-sized law firms. On my side of the gender divide, we were professional women.
Thirty years later, the men were partners in those same firms, senior in-house counsel in huge corporate entities, or named-partners in their own thriving forms. They had careers. [Read more…]