By: Trischan Laing
Dear Gen X,
When I was younger, my mom and I argued a lot. She wanted me to be more active and take on a feminine role in the household. I on the other hand was not even a little bit interested. I refused to assume the role of a homemaker on the sole basis that I had a vagina. As I got older we argued less, our views did not change but we began to understand each other more. We are 2 generation of women with 2 different realities. But, you see, though we are years apart, we want similar things- financial security, happiness and to spend our lives doing what we love with the right person.
For many families, a college degree was the only way to uplift themselves out of poverty. And so, from one generation to the next there is an exponential increase in the number of people with college degrees. Even today, this is still true for us millennials. What is amazing, however, is that 43% of women in comparison to 36% of men have a Bachelor’s degree (Girl power!). While previous generations have stifled women and our talents, Millennial women have made significant strides and redefined gender roles.
We live in an era where girls will no longer believe marriage and starting a family is their life’s purpose. Millennial women are invested in their careers and self-growth; and so the average age that a woman gets married has increased from 21 to 28 years old. I simply can’t imagine taking my first sip of alcohol on my wedding day!
“We live in an era where girls will no longer believe marriage and starting a family is their life’s purpose.”
Though we both agree that education and financial security is important, Millennial women have added a twist. We are sexually liberated, we emphasize the importance of female orgasm and many of us support profiting from our desirability. This has led to the rise and success of many social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and OnlyFans. You have to understand that in your era the concept of an online influencer simply did not exist. Today, beautiful women all over the world have an online following of thousands of people and they are using it to their advantage. Profit is made from ads, selling pictures, or even just showing up for events. What is important to understand, however, is that these beautiful women are also doctors, engineers, actuarial scientists. And their online presence and desirability does not and will not affect their competency at work or make them any less suitable for that promotion. Millennial women have realized that the sky is no longer the limit and life is multifaceted and we must adapt accordingly.
We are empowered, emboldened and we recognize our worth and refuse to settle for less. I am proud of us as we continue to tear down gender norms and raise beautiful daughters who will follow in our footsteps.
A Millennial Woman