Millennial Women Are Worse Off Than Their Mothers
NEW YORK― While young women of the baby-boom generation saw rapid progress in terms of economic equality, health and overall well-being compared to their mothers, that trend has started to reverse for young millennial women, according to a new study by the Population Reference Bureau.
American women under 35 are more likely than the generation before them to be incarcerated, live in poverty, commit suicide or die from pregnancy-related causes and less likely to hold high-paying jobs in STEM fields, according to the report, which compared 14 key indicators of socioeconomic progress and well-being. While young women of the baby-boom generation saw a 66 percent gain in overall well-being compared to their World War II-era mothers, Generation X experienced only a 2 percent gain, and well-being for young women today has actually declined 1 percent.
“It looks like Millennial women’s progress has stalled and slightly reversed relative to their mothers’ and their grandmothers’ generations,” said Mark Mather, an author of the study.
Threats to women’s lives appear to be on the rise. The maternal mortality rate for Millennial women has more than doubled since the baby-boom generation, from 7.5 deaths per 100,000 live births to 19.2, despite many advances in science and medicine and a decreasing maternal death rate worldwide. The suicide rate for women ― particularly white and American Indian women ― has increased by 43 percent over the past decade. And while women are still less likely to overdose on drugs than men, the overdose rate for women has more than quadrupled since 1999 after decades of stasis.
Some of these issues are directly related to economics ― […]