Every generation has thoughts about the next generation; however, no generation has been more maligned than millennials. Born between 1981 and 1996, millennials currently have the largest participation in the labor force and are expected to outnumber baby boomers by 2019.
Having been born in 1983, I often hear critical statements about my generation, such as, “Millennials are so entitled!”
At first, I couldn’t have disagreed more…but after really thinking about it, I tend to agree.
Millennials are entitled!
We are entitled to a strong public education system for our families and neighbors, one where students can learn in a safe and healthy environment and where teachers are respected and paid accordingly.
We are entitled to a fair and equitable economy, one that stimulates the working poor and middle class rather than corporations and Wall Street.
We are entitled to a clean and safe planet, one where the environment is placed above profits and politics, and where we have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.
We are entitled to quality and affordable health care, where we can go to the doctor without worrying about how we are going to pay, and where one accident or illness will not cause us to lose everything.
Finally, we are entitled to political representation that puts the people above special interests, lobbyists, ideology, and ego.
We millennials are entitled, but so is every generation!
No matter when you were born, we should all have the same opportunities to live our best lives – and together we can make it happen!