Gender Differences in Career Satisfaction for Harvard Business School Graduates

hbsResearchers at Harvard Business School and Hunter College in New York City have published a study on career satisfaction of more than 25,000 men and women graduates of Harvard Business School. The results showed a significant gender gaps on many key indicators.

* Nearly 60 percent of men said they found their work meaningful compared to 49 percent of women.

* Half of the male graduates said they were in a job where there are opportunities for career advancement. For women graduates, 41 percent said they had career advancement opportunities.

* Some only 25 percent of women graduates of Harvard Business School said that at the time of their graduation they expected to be in a traditional relationship where their spouse’s career came first. But now 39 percent of the women graduates were in relationships where they considered their spouse’s career as more important. When they graduated, women tended to think that they would share child-caring responsibilities equally with their partners. But now large numbers of women say they do most of the parenting responsibilities.

The article, “Rethink What You ‘Know’ About High-Achieving Women,” was published in the Harvard Business Review. It was authored by Robin Ely a professor at Harvard Business School, Pamela Stone, a professor at Hunter College, and Colleen Ammerman, assistant director of the gender initiative at Harvard Business School. The article may be accessed here.

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