Girls' Attitudes Survey

What girls and young women have to say

While it is very disheartening to see girls facing inequality, we also find it encouraging seeing how clear girls are in wanting to change the lives of women and girls for the better. The Girls’ Attitudes Survey means we have a greater insight into how we can tackle these issues and how this changes over time. Girlguiding Advocates

As the UK's leading charity for girls and young women we've been asking girls what they think every year since 2009 through our Girls' Attitudes Survey. We collect the views of over 1,600 girls and young women aged 7 to 21 across the UK. 

Both Girlguiding and non-Girlguiding members tell us how they feel about a wide range of issues affecting their lives today and how this changes over time. It’s their chance to share their views on the issues that directly affect them, and be heard at the highest levels of decision-making across the UK.

Summary of what girls said

This year girls and young women told us that they feel held back by gender stereotypes, sexism, and anxiety about how they look.

They think they may not achieve their aspirations because they don’t feel safe, they’re facing double standards on what behaviour is acceptable because they’re girls and they don’t feel the same roles are open to them compared to boys.

Yet it’s clear girls are challenging this unfairness. They’re reclaiming the internet to express their views and have a voice. They’re calling out sexism where they see it and demanding that women and girls aren’t judged by how they look and have equal opportunities now and in their futures. 

Read the full 2016 report 

Download the Girls' Attitudes Survey as a pdf

Past Girls' Attitudes Survey reports

Read our previous reports to find out what girls think.

Watch the Girls' Attitudes video