The Covid-19 pandemic transformed our lives in so many ways. For women especially, it had a domino effect; one piece of their lives was flipped upside down, causing so many other pieces to fall with it. Home became the office, the school, and for many women, their entire universe. Our professional lives blurred with our personal lives in ways both good and bad, and though some women had the mental and physical space to explore new hobbies or passions, others experienced a new kind of burnout instead.
Now, over 19 months later, we want to know where women stand and where they want to go from here. That’s why, in partnership with The Harris Poll, M.M.LaFleur surveyed 800 professional women, ages 30-50, to find out how they’re reenvisioning their lives today. And while we saw familiar responses that have existed since long before 2020—a desire for better work-life balance, for example—there was also a new awareness of the ticking clock. Over 92% of women surveyed reported that the pandemic taught them that time is too precious to waste on things, people, and careers that do not serve them. To that end, they are looking at their lives not with resignation, but with a renewed sense of urgency and purpose.
Over the coming months, we’ll be exploring these findings through events, storytelling, and community in what we’re calling our Great Renewal Series.