Talking ’bout my generation (aka, of stereotypes, cluelessness, and cleavage)

August 5th, 2007

take the cakeMy Oprah-style-roundtable piece on the way working women relate to each other across generations appears in the Seattle Times today. Here’s the start of the article:

Now that the country has four generations of women in the workplace, the stereotypes are piling up faster than to-do items in an overworked middle manager’s inbox.

According to the latest lore, today’s youngest workers are a bunch of midriff-baring, self-entitled whiners who demand constant praise. By contrast, their midlife counterparts are workaholic technophobes unlikely to hold open for younger women the doors they had to beat down themselves.

To hear what those in the trenches think, we invited eight Seattle area women ranging from age 26 to 63 to lunch. Excerpts from their conversation follow…

You can read the story in its entirety here. And you can share your two cents — or duke it out — with other Seattle Times readers here. Oh, and in case you’re wondering what generation I hail from, it’s X. I turn 40 this Thursday.

Entry Filed under: Popular articles,The singles table,Working moms

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. DeeDub  |  August 9th, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Michelle! This is my first post, love the site. This article was really enlightening for me. I identify with Natasha (I’m coming up on 35 and an Xer). I have been laid off twice in my career once right after college (bad company) and once after 9/11 (I worked for an ad agency). I work very hard, but have little loyalty should I decide to boot my current gig and go for something else. Work cannot be who I am, so I differ from my “boomer boss” in that regard. Good and interesting discussion.

  • 2. Michelle Goodman  |  August 14th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks, DeeDub!

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