Career over Love Any day
When reading Mill for PoliSci, I couldn’t help but think of a CNN Article that I read for my English class. The Article was called “Young Women Choosing Careers over Love” and the title pretty much sums up the entire article. The stereotype that women are more likely than men to put career goals below family and romantic relationships is pretty much shot down in this article.
“Though I’m not planning on breaking up with my boyfriend, I’m leaving him behind in Ohio. It’s hard to get your foot in the door of the field I want to work in. And let’s face it: Nowadays you have to cover your butt if you want to make it anywhere.” – Olga Boyko, 23
More and more young women are focusing on their career and life rather than marriage and children. I believe that Mill would definitely agree with this new phenomenon especially because he thought that education and liberation of women would benefit women in tremendous ways.
“The power of earning is essential to the dignity of a woman, if she has not independent property.” –John Stuart Mill
If a man marries an educated woman then they can have a better more intellectual relationship according to Mill. Clearly many women have caught on to that concept also. They have decided to put themselves in the same playing field as men and are deciding to get married later and have children later also.
“For men, romance, then marriage, then children may be unlikely to lead to the interruption of their career. For women, having children is likely to be more disruptive to their career.
”-Psychologist Ellen Klosson
It is interesting to note that as a result of women putting their careers first there is actually a shift in roles which is resulting in men putting their relationships first. This is due to the fact that there is now less pressure for men to put their careers first freeing up room for them to put other things such as marriage first. Many women such as Olga Boyko are okay with the shifting roles.
“Honestly, if he said, ‘Stay and wait for me to finish, or it’s over,’ I’d start packing early.”
I believe that Mill would be very pleased with the elevation of women not only within the home but also outside of the home.