are not trust fund kids; our parents do not provide a financial cushion. Nor are we flaky dreamers, destined to incur big debt. Each of us is practical and determined to build a life that’s in tune with our values. To us, this is the real definition of being better off than our parents.
Luckily for us, we enjoy freelancing and are good at it- but many Americans who’d prefer one steady job may soon have to adapt to the gig approach. According to Public Sector Digest, contingent workers, defined as everyone from temps to accidental entrepreneurs laid off from full-time employment, will grow to 40 to 45 percent of the workforce by 2020 and will become a majority by 2030. What makes this trend encouraging for women of all generations is that it calls for the feminine strengths that were once thought to handicap our advancement in the business world: empathy, communication skills and a natural tendency to build and nurture connections. In so many ways, women are better equipped than men to achieve “the new better-off”. We’ve had to develop the mental fortitude to chart our own paths in corporate and political environments that are inhospitable to our needs. We know how to ask friends and mentors for advice when we need it; we’ve learned when and how to admit when we don’t know something.
Young women today aren’t chasing work-life balance; we know that’s another one of those outdated delusions, like security. Instead, we want what career expert Cali Yost describes as “work + life fit”. In this model, the work is seasonal, shape shifting, less about being a superhero every moment of the day and more about determining your best life from month to month.”
-Courtney E. Martin