Pew Survey Research Shows The Gender Gap Is Shrinking But Still Exists

altWe’ve finally come to a point when (it’s about time, no?) most of the world agrees women should have the same rights as men, yet the gender gap still exists in many countries. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly progress.

The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project conducted a survey of 22 nations around the globe. Their data tell us that the majority of people (over 90% in 13 of the 22 countries) support gender equality, but still found that men lead better lives. “Men get more opportunities than equally qualified women for jobs that pay well and that life is generally better for men…especially so in some of the wealthier nations.” If so many people are on board with equality, what gives?

In the U.S. there’s a clear pay gap between men and women. We took a look at the differences between the sexes when it comes to asking for a raise, which may be partially to blame.

Especially in times of economic crisis, many countries, including Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia and China, think that men should have priority when it comes to finding employment and keeping a job. We wish this number was zero, but we were pleasantly surprised to see that only 14% of people in the U.S. agree with this. This was one of the lowest percentages of the countries surveyed (behind Spain and Britain). When it comes to our latest bout with unemployment, (today’s reports showed that the unemployment rate fell but the country lost 125,000 jobs in June), the U.S. actually saw more of an equal division between men and women in the workforce. In 2009, The Wall Street Journal posted that women made up about 49.9% of the workforce! More and more people were losing their jobs, and 75% of them were men.

The survey also found that women are far more likely to take note of the gender inequalities. No surprises here, the ones affected are usually the ones to take notice.

Are you surprised by these results? Do you ever feel the effects of a gender gap? Leave us a comment, we'd love to know what you're thinking!

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