A new study suggests millennials earning their MBAs look at gender roles in a more traditional way.
Previous studies have shown that compared to Baby Boomers, millennials (those born between 1980 and ’95) are more open to “work-life balance and modern gender roles,” including stay-at-home dads and flexible schedules, according to Erica Dhawan, a researcher at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.
MBA students at MIT and Harvard are a different story.
Dhawan surveyed 20 first-year MBA candidates at the two schools about gender roles in the workplace. The average age of respondents was 26.5.
“I found that they [millennial MBA students] hold more traditional attitudes about gender roles in the workplace than the rest of their Gen Y cohort,” she wrote in a blog post last month for the Harvard Business Review
Among her findings:
• At this point in their careers, most respondents share similar aspirations—to marry, have a family, and run a company.
• Women expect more responsibility at home in 10 years; men think women should “give more on this front,” writes Dhawan.
• None of the women surveyed mentioned anything about their spouse staying home with children.
Read more about Dhawan’s study (“Busting Gen Y & Gender Myths — And Why Your Company Should Care
”) at Harvard Business Review
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