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Ten Myths about the Lives of Women

Studies show assumptions about women and leadership are often wrong

1. With better education, better jobs, and better pay, women today are happier and more fulfilled than they were 40 years ago.Actually, the opposite is true. Surveys of more than 1.3 million men and women reveal that women today are less happy relative to where they were 40 years ago, and relative to men.

2. Women become more engaged and fulfilled as they get older.No, men do. According to a 40-year study of 46,000 men and women, women begin their lives more satisfied than men and then gradually become less satisfied with every aspect of their lives—marriage, finances, things they own, even family.