On the back of Nancy Hogshead-Makar’s recent criticism of “systematic and intentional sex discrimination” in sports, comes a new survey commissioned by Vitamin Angels and conducted by OnePoll on 2,000 Americans.
In it, it was revealed that half of the women surveyed reportedly experience gender discrimination every day. Sixty-five percent of the entire pool believes women are questioned more scrutinously than men in job interviews on average.
It was also determined that 72% of the men involved in the new poll actually contend that the women in their life likely face gender prejudice on a daily basis. And an additional 60% of the entire study pool is confident that sex-based biases will always be present in the US.
75% of the study pool said women’s empowerment is key to achieving true gender equality
“We seek out the most vulnerable and too often forgotten: pregnant women, infants, and children who live beyond the margins. They can be difficult to reach due to geography or circumstance,” the organization writes of their mission. “Our focus on serving them, wherever they are — in the farthest corners of the world and in overlooked communities here in the United States — sets us apart.”
Fifty-nine percent of the female participants queried believe that they would have a more difficult time securing a position after a job interview if they were pregnant.
Nearly 50% of the mothers involved in the new survey said that they routinely experience parent-shaming, which consultant Amanda Collins describes as “the act of criticizing parents, even calling authorities, for actions that meant and caused no real harm.”
More directly, 40% of the women featured in the new OnePoll report have experienced barbed interactions from strangers over public breastfeeding. A comparable majority reportedly received “dirty looks” for bringing their children to a dining establishment.
Interestingly enough, 54% of the fathers featured in the new report said that a stranger was also rude to them while they changed their child’s diaper in public.
The most common reason for both demographics is public bathrooms not having changing stations.
“Healthy women are empowered women and the cornerstone to thriving societies,” says Vitamin Angels Founder & President Howard Schiffer in a statement. “Yet, maternal and women’s health remains a global public health problem. In order to help close the gender inequality gap, we must prioritize women’s health.”
All the flipside, the respondents seem to be in agreement about the utility of female empowerment–for the majority, their mothers were a principal resource in this regard (60%).
Seven in 10 said that helping other women feel empowered is a present objective for them.
Top 15 ’empowering moments’ in our lives:
- Finding your passion in life 47%
- Becoming a parent 47%
- Feeling confident in yourself 44%
- Inspiring others 43%
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle 43%
- Finding someone you can share your life with 39%
- Taking care of your mental health 38%
- Getting a promotion 36%
- Learning acceptance and patience 36%
- Becoming a grandparent 34%
- Giving back to your community 33%
- Experiencing new cultures 31%
- Becoming a godparent/guardian 30%
- Traveling to new places 30%
- Becoming an aunt/uncle 28%
Top five inspirational women as voted by respondents:
- Mother 60%
- Teacher 44%
- Grandmother 28%
- Aunt 30%
- Sister 28%
“In spite of these daily discriminations, nearly 70% of women feel more empowered overall today than ever before. When breaking down this sense of empowerment, finding one’s passion (49%), having kids (48%), and self-confidence (44%) are the primary drivers. Living a healthy lifestyle could be the key to greater empowerment, too. Four in five women say they feel more empowered if they feel healthy,” researcher Ben Renner adds.