Today (March 8th) is International Women’s Day, a global holiday to celebrate the achievements of females around the world and to bring attention to issues like gender equality. While we have come a long way, new research reminds us that we still have a long way to go.
A new survey of 450 girls between 10 and 17 years old reveals the most common stereotypes women and girls still deal with in their daily lives. While many females feel empowered and believe they can do anything, half of those polled say their gender is more likely to experience negative stereotypes than males.
The top 10 stereotypes females face today:
- Females are more emotional and delicate than males
- Boys are stronger than girls
- Pink is a girls’ color and blue is a boy’s color
- Women are responsible for household chores and girls are expected to help
- Men are better drivers than women
- There are certain toys for girls and different toys for boys
- It’s okay for girls to cry, but not for boys
- Boys are braver than girls
- Soccer is a boys’ game
- Science is for boys, not girls
The survey also finds:
- Hearing these views leaves these young females feeling annoyed (45%) and angry (33%).
- Two-thirds of girls believe more needs to be done to break down these old-fashioned views.
- More than a quarter (27%) of the girls polled admit stereotypes have stopped them from doing something they wanted to do.
Source: SWNS Digital