Today’s Shidler Students: Different Experiences, Difficult Choices, Distinct Expectations

When Were You Born?

The Pew Research Center sets these boundaries for America’s 20th century generations and provides these characterizations:

Greatest Generation: Born before 1928, they endured the Great Depression and World War II.

Silent Generation: Born 1928-1945, they are called “silent” because of their conformity and lack of activism.

Baby Boom: Born 1946-1964, they have been a generation of social change centered first on the Vietnam War.

Generation X: Born 1965-1980, they grew up in a period of shifting societal values and are noted for their skepticism.

Millennials: Born 1981-1996, also known as Generation Y, they are the first generation to grow up in the new millennium.

Generation Z: Born after 1996, they have grown up in a post-9/11 world that endured the worst economic crash since the Great Depression and experienced the rise of digital technology, ubiquitous phones and social media.


No. 1 in the Workforce

Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, according to the Pew Research Center.

  • Millennials: 56 million working or looking for work
  • Generation Xers: 53 million

• Baby Boomers: 41 million

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