More than a quarter of Americans (26 percent) believe it will take up to 10 years to achieve true gender equality, according to a nationally representative study of 738 American adults by by global media and technology company Pureprofile.
Another 22 percent of Americans believe that gender equality has already been achieved. This number is largely made up by male respondents, with 27 percent of men feeling that the United States has already achieved true gender equality, as opposed to 16 percent of women.
Despite these contrasting opinions of whether true gender equality has been achieved or not, it’s clear that both genders are champions of fairness, with 94 percent of both women and men saying that they do believe in equal rights for men and women.
The difference between age ranges and their opinions on gender equality was not too dissimilar, with the main insights being that those aged 45-54 years were the most likely to vote “never” when asked how long it will take for America to achieve true gender equality (30 percent).
Social media and industry movements such as #metoo and Time’s Up also received mixed levels of support, with 36 percent of women strongly supporting the initiatives, while 7 percent did not. Likewise, 31 percent of men were strong supporters, with 10 percent not supporting the movements at all. The strongest supporters were those aged 18-24 years (52 percent), with those aged over 65 being the least likely to back the initiatives (15 percent).
On a positive note, it seems mother knows best, with 56 percent of men and 45 percent of women voting their mothers as the number one female inspiration in their life. Grandmothers were the next family members held in esteem by men (7 percent) and women (9 percent).
Sadly, 20 percent of women voted that they don’t have any female role models, compared to only 13 percent of men.