Millennials: The leaders of a new century

By Marissa Gugala – 1851 Staff

Who are millennials? They are the leaders of a new century. The United States is a country based on the principles of democracy. When those principles are challenged in one way or another, millennials do not hold back. They are a key voice in the continuation of a democratic society and play a major role in the fight against injustice. Contrary to popular belief, millennials are inspired, hardworking, and compassionate. They are students, military personnel, and full or part-time workers. They are everyday people contributing and doing the best they can with the cards they were dealt. According to Pew Research Center, “More than one-in-three American labor force participants (35%) are Millennials.” This makes them the largest generation within the U.S. labor force. 

Millennials consist of people born between 1982 and 2002. Often catching negative flak, they are the people fighting for the end of gun violence, global warming, and social injustice.  According to a 2010 survey done by Pew Research Center, a millennial’s top three priorities are “being a good parent, having a successful marriage, and helping others in need.”

Another survey completed by the Pew Research Center in 2009 reports that the public believe millennials to be more racially tolerant than the older generations. The same holds true for attitudes towards nontraditional marriages. 

Millennials help make up some of the activists in the “March For Our Lives” and “#MeToo” campaign. They are the voice of a new generation geared towards acceptance and sparking positive changes in society. 

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