Sunday, January 30, 2011

Baby Boomer Women are Not Perfect

According to a new survey, baby boomer women have a clear and distinct advantage over the women of Generation Y. For those of you who don't know, baby boomer women were born between 1946 and 1964, while the women of Generation Y, also known as Millennials, were born between 1983 and 1997. The women in this group are the children from my generation.

Okay, so now that we have that straight here's what the survey says: Generation Y women are unable to master the chores their mothers and grandmothers did daily.

Only 51% of women under 30 can cook a roast, compared with 82% of baby boomers.

Traditional skills outside the kitchen are also slipping with only 23 percent of Generation Y women able to grow a plant and only 54% know how to sew.

I might add here that this survey was generated out of Australia by social researcher Mark McCrindle so it's very possible that those numbers would be even lower in the United States.

If the younger women don't have these skills, the question is why? Didn't their mothers pass on the knowledge that was passed on to them as they were growing up?

Amazing how some boomer women spend thousands of dollars for a perfect cosmetic look but fall short when it comes to teaching their own daughters a thing or two about life.


Tara Burner said...

hmmm I was born in 1968

I cant sew (have no desire to and never was taught to since my mother never could either)

I can cook...though I'm not making a roast since dont eat animal...but I can cook and bake :)

Plus I can work on my own car, do construction work, build things and a slew of other things that I'm sure my mom and grandmother never did (though I never met either of my grandmothers :( )

oh and I spend $0 on "perfect cosmetic look" since I dont wear makeup either! lol

so, where do I fit in?! lol

firstSTREET said...

Very interesting information here, and you certainly make a good observation that these skills are apparently not being passed on from the Baby Boomer women to Millennials. Thanks for sharing!

LaurieBee said...

Interesting that Mom gets the blame yet again. Could it be that Generation Y didn't WANT to learn those skills?

I have four kids, three female, one male. They all learned to cook because they enjoyed eating. None of them learned to sew because it was too expensive -- we were masters at shopping sales and thrift stores. A couple of them learned to plant because they were interested, and couple of them didn't give a hoot. They all learned to clean house because it was expected that they do so -- even though some of them do a better job than others.

While my oldest daughter may feed her family mostly in restaurants, she can build airplanes and satellites just fine, which is more her style.

My son may cringe if he has to sew on a button, but you'll never meet a more giving and caring young man.

I'm personally tired of Mom always being blamed for the ills of everything that's wrong in the world.

Beverly said...


I think there are things Gen Y women can do that we and our mothers wouldn't dare consider. You bake--I don't. I never really learned because my mother wasn't a very good baker. You work on your own car. Well, I can put oil in mine :)
One thing we do share in comment is the lack of make-up. I was forced to wear it when I was on TV but those days are OVER.

So what category do you fit in? How about "Keepin' it real!" Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Beverly said...

I think some Boomer Women spent more time trying to bond with their children as friends instead of teaching them some life lessons and chores. On the other hand, as Tara has pointed out, Gen Y women can do things we wouldn't even think about.

Thanks for your comment.

Val said...

The thing is - are any of these younger people taught the skills in the first place? My mother taught me to cook (sort of, though most of the learning was via watching her and trying to remember what she told me) but she, herself, couldn't sew very well so that skill was never passed on to me and I didn't learn.