Despite the hype, “millennials”—everybody from age 17 to 34—are as divided as the rest of us. In fact, new reports by the Council on Contemporary Families reveals that “fewer of the youngest millennials, those aged 18 to 25, support egalitarian family arrangements than did the same age group 20 years earlier,” reports Stephanie Coontz.
“In 1994, only 42 percent of high school seniors agreed that the best family was one where the man was the main income earner and the woman took care of the home. But in 2014, 58 percent of seniors said they preferred that arrangement,” says Coontz.
It seems that millennial Americans are less comfortable than their parents, or even grandparents, “with the idea of women holding roles historically held by men. And millennial men are significantly more likely than Gen X or baby boomer men to say that society has already made all the changes needed to create equality in the workplace,” notes Coontz.
What the hell is going on? The answer, researchers say, lies in the absence in America of policies supporting work-family balance, which has made American parents, typically both of whom are working, far more unhappy compared with non-parents and which has led some young people to “think that more traditional family arrangements might make life less stressful.”