Study: Gen Y professional women expected to shoulder housework

A survey of millennial MBA students found that they adhere more to traditional gender roles than their 20-something peers.

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Previous studies have shown that compared to Baby Boomers, millennials (those born between 1980 and ’95) are more open to “work-life balance and modern gender roles,” including stay-at-home dads and flexible schedules, according to Erica Dhawan, a researcher at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.

MBA students at MIT and Harvard are a different story.

Dhawan surveyed 20 first-year MBA candidates at the two schools about gender roles in the workplace. The average age of respondents was 26.5.

“I found that they [millennial MBA students] hold more traditional attitudes about gender roles in the workplace than the rest of their Gen Y cohort,” she wrote in a blog post last month for the Harvard Business Review.

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