Report: More millennial women enter the workforce


Women working on their computers, Photo Date: March 24, 2016. Photo Credit: (MGN Online)

Soundharjya Babu, Contributor

MOON TOWNSHIP (RMU SENTRY MEDIA/CNN) — More millennial women are entering the job market than ever before, according to a report.

According to a Bloomberg report, women between the ages 25 and 34 make up 76 percent of the workforce.

There is a 12 percent gap between young men and young women, making this the lowest divide in the job market. Additionally, millennial women are now more likely to get a college degree.

Programs in Pennsylvania also encourage this nationwide trend. The state program Pennsylvania Women Work has helped over 50,000 individuals enter the workforce with job training and employment services for women in need, according to their website.

According to the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS) at Carnegie Mellon University, many women have trouble negotiating for a raise or promotions.

But with an 85 percent success rate, low-income women, single women, and homemakers have the opportunity to gain confidence and effective leadership skills in their field.

According to the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a graduate from the Pittsburgh New Choices program felt connected with the staff, and gained more confidence after dealing with her previous domestic violence issues.

Another former student who was homeless shares her experiences with New Choices. After this program, she attended the Community College of Allegheny County to study early education and child development.

“New choices showed me a new path for myself and my daughter,” said the student. “The staff, instructors and program participants all helped me and continue to support meant give me hope … New Choices helped me regain my self-esteem and gave me the strength to set positive and realistic goals in my life.”