Generation Opportunity Meets Top Women Leaders from Business, Non-Profit, and Government Sectors at Major Women’s Conference

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Generation Opportunity Poll: almost three-quarters of young adult women agree economy grows best when government does not interfere, majority want decreases in federal spending over increases in personal taxes

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The Generation Opportunity grassroots team met thousands of women leaders at the 2011 Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston. The more than 6,500 women in attendance – including young adult “Millennial” women ages 18-29 – represented small business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate and government professionals, non-profit and community leaders, and student organizers.

“This event allowed us to meet with thousands of women leaders and entrepreneurs, especially Millennials, who have experienced first-hand the true cost of the bad policies pushed by elected leaders in Washington, D.C. and the dire lack of economic opportunity that is the result of the poor economy. These leaders understand that job creation and opportunity are created through individual initiative, active professional networks, and investments – and that government intervention and taxes are a barrier to success and long-term independence,” said Paul T. Conway, President of Generation Opportunity and the former Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Labor under Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. “Elected officials in both parties should listen to the concerns of women leaders, in particular young women. Their experiences reveal the negative impacts of current policies coming out of Washington which are impacting their plans for the future and causing them to put off things like buying a home, paying off student loans, starting a business, or saving for retirement.”

Attendees represented states throughout greater New England as well as dozens of other states across the country including Arizona, North Carolina, Indiana, Virginia, and Colorado. The event, which provides “connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of women each year”, was held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center with the theme “Live Fearlessly!” The conference focused on personal finance, professional and business skills, and entrepreneurship.

In addition to connecting with young adult women leaders at the 2011 Massachusetts Conference for Women this month, the Generation Opportunity team trained Massachusetts community college leaders from North Shore Community College and Regis College at the American Student Government Association (ASGA) Conference earlier this year. Generation Opportunity, which has more than 1.9 million fans on Facebook, continues aggressive grassroots efforts around the country, engaging tens of thousands of young adults in person as a compliment to its aggressive social media strategy.

YOUNG ADULT WOMEN – PERSPECTIVES ON THE ECONOMY, 2012, AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICA

Generation Opportunity commissioned a poll with the polling company, inc./WomanTrend (April 16 – 22, 2011, +/- 4% margin of error) and highlights of results for young adult women ages 18-29 appears below.

Delayed Professional Plans and Personal Dreams – The Human Cost of the Poor Economy:

  •     79% of young adult women (18-29) either have or will delay a major life change or purchase due to current economic factors. Almost half are putting plans to purchase a home “on pause”, and about one‐in-four 18-29 year old women (27%) are putting their plans to start a family “on pause” due to the current economic conditions.
  •     46% delay buying a home; 30% delay saving for retirement; 30% delay paying off student loans or other debt; 26% delay going back to school/getting more education or training; 21% delay changing jobs/cities; 27% delay starting a family; 20% delay getting married

Young Adult Women on Government Spending and the Economy:

  •     71% of young adult women (18-29) would favor a decrease in federal spending from its current level over raising taxes paid by individuals in order to balance the federal budget. Only 23% favor increasing taxes paid by individuals as a means of balancing the federal budget. Young adult women are 3 times more inclined to cut federal spending than increase taxes on individuals.
  •     54% of young adult women agree the economy grows best when individuals are allowed to create businesses without government interference, 33% disagree.

Young Adult Women 18-29 Look Ahead to 2012:    

  •     60% of young adult women (18-29) believe the wrong leadership is in Washington, while 38% believe Washington has the right leadership. Within those totals (60% wrong leadership versus 38% right leadership), there is a 22‐point-intensity gap between women who strongly agree Washington has the wrong leadership (29%) compared with those who strongly agree (7%) Washington has the right leadership.
  •     67% of young adult women (18‐29) do not believe that today’s political leaders reflect their interests.    
  •     64% of young adult women (18‐29) will chiefly consider a candidate’s position on issues and voting record when voting for President in 2012, another 28% of young adult women will weigh substantive issues and personal characteristics equally in making their vote choice, while just 3% prefer to base their support on “likeability” or the candidate’s personal traits.
  •     55% of young adult women (18‐29) agree that in 2012, they will learn more about the policy positions of Presidential candidates than they did in 2008, 32% disagree.

American National Security and Future Global Leadership:

  •     65% of young adult women (18-29) list energy dependency as the top national security issue followed by the national debt (62%) and indebtedness to foreign powers (48%). Terrorism was rated the fourth top national security issue (35%).
  •     57% of young adult women (18-29) are not confident that America will be the global leader in 10 years; 39% are confident. Among those who are not confident, there is a substantial intensity gap (19‐points) between young adult women who are “not at all confident” (25%) America will be the global leader in ten years compared with those who are “very confident” (6%) it will be.

ABOUT GENERATION OPPORTUNITY

Generation Opportunity is a non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c)(4) organization that seeks to engage everyone from young adults, to early career professionals, college students, young mothers and fathers, construction workers, current service men and women, veterans, entrepreneurs, and all Americans who find themselves dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to create a better tomorrow.

Generation Opportunity operates on a strategy that combines advanced social media tactics with proven field tactics to reach Americans 18-29. The organization’s social media platforms – “Being American” on Facebook and “The Constitution” on Facebook – have amassed a total fan base of more than 1.9 million. Both pages post links to relevant articles and reports from sources ranging from the federal General Accountability Office (GAO), to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Brookings Institution, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Heritage Foundation.

Read about Generation Opportunity: http://generationopportunity.org/

Visit “Being American” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeingAmerican

Visit “The Constitution” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheConstitution

For our Spanish-language page – Generación Oportunidad: http://generationopportunity.org/espanol/

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