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Forty years after NEWSWEEK's women rose up, there's no denying our cohort of young women is unlike even the half-generation before us. A.s make ,600 less per year in their first job out of business school, according to a new Catalyst study.

We are post–Title IX women, taught that the fight for equality was history; that we could do, or be, anything. Department of Education data show that a year out of school, despite having earned higher college GPAs in every subject, young women will take home, on average across all professions, just 80 percent of what their male colleagues do. Motherhood has long been the explanation for the persistent pay gap, yet a decade out of college, full-time working women who haven't had children still make 77 cents on the male dollar. "This is a wake-up call."In countless small ways, each of us has felt frustrated over the years, as if something was amiss.

We know what you're thinking: we're young and entitled, whiny and humorless—to use a single, dirty word, feminists!

But just as the first black president hasn't wiped out racism, a female at the top of a company doesn't eradicate sexism.

Eventually we got our hands on a worn copy of In Our Time, a memoir written by a former NEWSWEEK researcher, Susan Brownmiller, which had a chapter on the uprising.

With a crumpled Post-it marking the page, we passed it around, mesmerized by descriptions that showed just how much has changed, and how much hasn't.

"If we judge by what we see in the media, it looks like women have it made," says author Susan Douglas.

"And if women have it made, why would you be so ungrateful to point to something and call it sexism?

Douglas describes those mixed messages as "enlightened sexism": the idea that because of all the gains women have made, biases that once would have been deemed sexist now get brushed off.

As it turns out, that's for good reason: a Harvard study found that women who demand higher starting salaries are perceived as "less nice," and thus less likely to be hired.

"This generation has had it ingrained in them that they must thrive within a 'yes, but' framework: Yes, be a go-getter, but don't come on too strong.

Though each quietly believed she'd be the one to break through, ambition, in any real sense, wasn't something a woman could talk about out loud.

But by 1969, as the women's movement gathered force around them, the dollies got restless.

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