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News to Me: Women Are Choosing Their Careers Over Love


The days of obvious gender roles are over, according to a recent article on CNN.com, which says that many women are choosing their careers over love. In a study conducted by Catherine Mosher of Duke University Medical Center and Sharon Danoff-Burg at the University of Albany, the stereotype of men being more dedicated to their jobs than their relationships is debunked; it's actually the men who are more willing to sacrifice achieving their career goals.

According to the article:

Researchers asked 237 undergraduates to rate the importance of goals such as financial success, career, education, and contribution to society, as well as goals such as romantic relationships, marriage, children, and friendship. While 51 percent of the women prioritized romantic relationships over achievement goals, more than 61 percent of men did the same.

These numbers are not all that surprising to me since women have fought so hard to have equal rights in the workplace. In addition to proving our abilities, it's much more disruptive for women to leave the workplace after having children than it is for men and even harder to return. Luckily I have not had to make a choice between my love life and my career, but have any of you? If so, what did you choose? And if not, how do you think you would sway if you were faced with a decision like this?

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