According to the Department of Labor Statistics, American women still lag behind their male counterparts when it comes to drawing a paycheck. The average woman in Louisiana makes 63 cents for every dollar a man earns, even if they're doing the same job. However, that might soon change if recent college graduates stick to their goals. In a recent survey by the Pew Foundation, 66 percent of women under 35 said finding a high-paying job is their top priority. That's 7 points higher than the average male respondent.
Gina Starnes, Director of Career Services at LSU-Shreveport, says she's been seeing a change in the way young women approach life after school. "Women have decided they are delaying their personal relationships or commitments to a permanent relationship to further their career, which is a very smart move, and so in the workplace, they're out there and being very competitive with men," she said.
Kieuaonh Le, a finance major at LSUS, said money's not the biggest reason she chose her major, but it was definitely a part of it. "In the old days, I think we didn't have a lot of choice and chance for women to like, get a job...but now everything is like equal, so men and women are like the same," she said.
However, the Pew Foundation report said that when it comes to marriage and family, women still prioritize home life more than men. 37 percent of women said a happy marriage is a main goal, compared to 29 percent of men.