Economy

Woman Parodies an Engagement Photo Shoot to Recognize Another Important Milestone

One woman's playful way of announcing a career accolade exposes a truth about which life milestones we tend to share on social media.

Benita Abraham, a woman living in Long Beach, is receiving a lot of attention on Facebook for sharing a series of photos in celebration of getting the "perfect" job after more than six months of working towards it.

Set on a beach during a sunny day, the images have a similar romantic vibe as engagement announcements and photo shoots, which are commonly seen on Facebook. Abraham's pictures send the message that you don't have to be engaged or in a relationship to share a major life milestone on Facebook.

"I finally found my soulmate, my perfect match, my boo," Abraham wrote. "After 7 long months, I found the perfect job with a company that truly cares about its employees and one I will learn so much from."

 

 

These photos have garnered more than 5,000 reactions and received a lot of positive feedback:

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Her images arrive at a time when more women are working and seeking higher education than in the past. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 60 percent of women are in the workforce. Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau found that for the first time since measuring higher education data in 1940, women were more likely to have bachelor's degree than men.

Many people are also marrying later in life, research has shown. The Pew Research Center found in 2011 that the average marriage age for women is 27 and is 29 for men. Research has also shown that college-educated women benefit financially from marrying later.

Abraham isn't the first person to go viral for parodying engagement photos to announce a professional milestone.

Earlier this year, a woman named Megan went viral after after posting a "Save the Date" photo with regards to her upcoming medical school graduation.

“Not getting married anytime soon, so I sent this Save the Date out instead,” she wrote.