100 Predictions for the Baby Boom: The Next 50 Years by Cheryl Russell

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Without the child increase, the U.S. will be a special position. The Vietnam struggle could have lasted longer. Rock and roll will be much less pervasive. The civil rights circulate might have replaced legislation and attitudes extra slowly. yet ladies may be additional forward in task prestige and pay if there have been no child boorr.. Hous­ ing will be more cost-effective. The financial system may have performed higher within the Nineteen Seventies, and folks now of their 20s, 30s, and 40s will be making more cash. For the earlier 30 years, the newborn growth new release­ all these born among 1946 and 1964-shook American economics, politics, and tradition. however the complete effect of seven eight PREFACE the newborn growth is but to return as the new release is simply now gaining the industrial and political strength to de­ termine occasions. notwithstanding the infant growth is a various new release associated simply by means of its date of beginning, that hyperlink is important. The gener­ ation spans 19 years, this means that many boomers ex­ perience a similar issues on the comparable time-going to col­ lege, getting a task, marrying, divorcing, paying for a home, beginning a relations. due to this, the newborn increase in­ fluences what America's companies produce, what the media write approximately, and what the politicans help. It focuses the nation's realization on itself; its matters be­ come the nation's matters. no matter what age the newborn increase is turns into the nation's age.

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But beginning in the late 1970s, younger baby boomers rethought the rebellion of the older ones, which created two political generations. Younger baby boomers are more hard-boiled than the older ones, according to Yankelovich, but they are just as permissive, if not more so, when it comes to individual rights and choices. 48 Only 25% of the younger baby boomers favored banning a speaker from campus, versus 40% of their older brothers and sisters. Surprisingly, 21% of 1982 college freshmen had taken part in a campus demonstration, versus only 16% of the more radical college freshmen of 1967.

The average monthly mortgage payment for people who bought a home in 1979 is less than $450. For those who are buying a home today it approaches $900. 42 Though interest rates have fallen, housing prices have not. The baby boomers who bought houses before 1980 have hundreds of dollars a month more spending money, on average, than those who are buying homes today. The affluence of the older boomers will separate them from the younger ones for years to come. And it has created a split in the attitudes of older and younger baby boomers-the younger ones being much more serious about money, and much less serious about everything else.

25 It struck a chord among the many mothers of the baby boomers who were unhappy with the narrow life the authorities had defined for them. American women breathed a collective sigh of relief when they discovered in the pages of The Feminine Mystique that they were not alone in their lack of fulfillment, their feelings of boredom and even unhappiness. The era of the feminine mystique was over. But it gave birth to a special generation of Americans who rebelled against the way of life that had brought it into the world.

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