"Girls Run the World"


Currently there are over 80 million members of the Generation Y population in the United States; this segment includes people born between 1978-1994. The Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation recently released a report that profiles Generation Y women in the workplace as these young women who give new meaning to working hard for the money.


Dr. Sheila Barry-Oliver, BPW Foundation Board of Trustees said, “Women represent 46% of the Generation Y workforce, which by 2025 will represent 42% of the US workforce. Given the size of this segment of the future workforce, it is critical that employers understand the career choices and challenges of Generation Y women, which are different from prior generations.”

I was thinking about this recently when I read two stories about two different Gen Y women and wondered how they were both coping in a world that is comparably different than the one I remember. A young Atlanta woman whose mother struggled with addiction and homelessness when she was a child—became a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Brittany O’Connell has seen her share of life’s scattered dreams as a young woman living in poverty. But she worked her way from poverty to promise and by all accounts is well on her way to a life that will be considerably more heralded than her adolescent years.

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/atlanta-woman-saluted-for-954437.html

As a former communications director for an urban city mayor, I took a special interest in a Chicago story that was circulating on a variety of public relations and journalism sites. A seasoned Chicago investigative television reporter wrote about a young staffer in newly elected Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office. Chicago native and 25-year old press secretary, Tarrah Cooper was admonished in a column by 55-year old reporter Chuck Goudie for being too “green” and he wasn’t talking eco-friendly. He made several references to her age and youthfulness as if it was a curse. Sure she is learning on the job like so many of us did when we were 25-years old, maybe the reporter was 25 once, yet he seems to have forgotten.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110515/news/705159904/#ixzz1MoPfOqdI

Two women who are destined to be leaders in whatever career choice they make as they come of age in a world with more choices and challenges than I can imagine. These two young women have both had some tough lessons but the good news seems to be as Gen Y women, they are more than ready for the complicated future that awaits them.

As Beyonce says, “Girls Run the World.”


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