Fifth annual survey of girls reveals stark state of inequality
December Girlguiding published its fifth annual Girls’
Attitudes Survey, focusing on equality for girls. It reveals that
sexual harassment is endemic. Three quarters of 11-21s say sexism
affects most areas of their lives, and many worry that gender
discrimination will curtail their future choices. Read the report
for more worrying statistics.
The Girls Attitudes Survey is the largest of its kind - an in-depth
study which explores girls’ views on a range of topics. It extends
beyond our members to form a representative survey of girls from
across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
- More than a third of girls aged 7-21 (36 per cent) have been
patronised or made to feel stupid because of their sex, rising
sharply to 60 per cent of 16-21s.
- 87 per cent of girls aged 11-21 think women are judged more on
their appearance than on their ability.
- 60 per cent of 11-21s have had comments about their appearance
shouted at them at school, while 62 per cent have been shouted or
whistled at in the street.
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Watch a film about the report (below)
The research was developed by our youth
panel, ‘Advocate’, (16 members of The Senior Section aged 14 to
25). Advocate Lucy Lawrenson, 18, said: ‘I am depressed by the
findings - issues that should only be read about in our history
books are still common. I know because they happen to me, and this
can’t continue. Something has to change.’
The report features views from high-profile men and women including
lawyer Miriam González Durántez, MP Caroline Lucas and Mumsnet
founder Justine Roberts.
Girlguiding Chief Executive Julie Bentley commented: ‘These
results should be a wake-up call for decision-makers across the
board. This is an ambitious, resilient and hopeful generation of
girls who are capable of achieving so much – we must not let
inequality get in their way.’
For this report, a total of 1,288 girls and young women aged
between 7 and 21 were asked about their attitudes to key social,
political and economic issues.
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let us know your opinions.
On 3 December, members of our Advocate panel introduced
Equality for Girls at the launch event attended by high-profile
supporters, Parliamentary representatives, equality campaigners,
and Girlguiding Chief Executive Julie Bentley. In addition, Jo
Swinson MP, Minister for Women and Equalities, gave a speech.
Our Advocates live tweeted from our Twitter handle during the