Professional women in their 30s: Expectations regarding career and family

Giovanna Antonietta Forte, Fordham University


This phenomenological qualitative study sought to explore the perspectives and expectations of professional women in their 30s regarding career, romantic partnership and marriage, and motherhood roles. The aim was also to explore the challenges and rewards of managing and pursuing multiple roles as well as methods of coping with such roles effectively. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 36 college-educated, working women, between the ages of 30 and 39. Results of the data analysis identified various themes within the domains of: (a) managing multiple roles (perspectives/goals, rewards, challenges); (b) career (perspectives/goals, rewards, challenges); (c) romantic relationships (perspectives/goals, rewards, challenges; (d) motherhood (perspectives/goals, rewards, challenges); and (e) coping strategies (internal resources, external resources, advice).

Subject Area

Womens studies|Counseling Psychology|Individual & family studies

Recommended Citation

Forte, Giovanna Antonietta, "Professional women in their 30s: Expectations regarding career and family" (2014). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3617729.