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SO! EXPECTATIONS!  “Do it all. Look good. Be nice under the midnight sun."

In this article I ask you, do these expectations continue to influence women today?  Let's take a closer look at some very pertinent aspects of "the boomer effect"  and narrow the scope with a Sage Companion Survey designed to ask ONE woman (YOU) what she really wants.



One Woman and The System




Is there a correlation between how savvy women who seem to value education as a tool to  “ make the system behave” and the empowerment of women?

In this segment of PRACTICAL ARTS and self-guided tours, I look at how the two may be connected and wonder whether the expectations of “do it all, look good, and be nice” still influence women today.


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Interestingly, a white paper entitled, Today’s Women: New Found Power, Persistent Expectations, reported that while women are seeking to embrace power, there are persistent expectations for women to do it all, look good, and be nice, regardless of their generation or their age.

“The study revealed that most women regardless of their age groups feel expected and motivated to do many things across all the dimensions tested: the majority of the factors had 50% or more women agreeing that they were expected and motivated to do them.


  •   86% of female respondents thought that women should both pursue their own personal motivations and be able to make their own choices and not be judged by them.
  • There are more women motivated to have balance in life (75%) and be fulfilled (73%) compared to those motivated to do it all (44%).
  • 61% of Baby Boomer women are motivated to be in a relationship.
  • Almost 60% of Baby Boomer women feel expected to be attractive and feminine, despite feeling forgotten by the beauty industry.




“What Does ONE Woman Really Want?”



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With all this in mind, we created our own survey (see graphics below) and asked readers to respond. Would there be a correlation between , for example, having a place in the community (good friends) and the way we look?

We selected possible answers cross-referenced and rated by percentages (50% to 100% ) to indicate preferences. We created a matrix (see graphic) and speculated about what the results might reveal. We only asked one question: 

“What Does ONE Woman Really Want?”

Possible answers were cross-referenced and rated by percentages (50% to 100% to indicate preference.) We created a matrix (see graphic) and speculated about what the results might reveal.

Possible Answers

  1. have projects and be involved in them all my life
  2. be surrounded by loving companions
  3. not have to worry about money
  4. great healthcare available for my children, partner, and me
  5. great food and not to worry about where it's coming from
  6. look really good
  7. not suffer
  8. look young
  9. appear vital
  10. have good friends
  11. have fun

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top RESULTS


1.  APPEAR VITAL - 90.02%

2.  HAVE FUN -  88.44%




What Does "Appear Vital " Mean to You?



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