Girls' Attitudes Survey

Our annual flagship survey into the lives of girls and young women in the UK

What girls and young women have to say

As the UK's leading charity for girls and young women, we work hard to understand, inspire and empower girls. We've been asking girls what they think every year since 2009 through the Girls' Attitudes Survey. The Survey collects the views of over 1,500 girls and young women aged 7 to 21 across the UK.

Both Girlguiding and non-Girlguiding members tell us about the issues affecting them - from Sex and Relationships Education to what they want to be when they grow up. Here are some of the things they've told us.

What they would like to be - in 2015 only 15% of younger girls aged 7-10 chose being an engineer, architect, scientist or lawyer for their future career. In 2014, 56% of girls aged 11-21 said STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) have the image of being more for boys.

How they feel about how they look - in 2014 39% of girls aged 11 to 21 stopped themselves taking part in fun activities because they felt self-conscious about their looks. 30% took less of a role in the classroom because they were concerned about their appearance. 87% say they are judged on their appearance, not their ability.

Sexism in the media - in 2015 48% of girls told us they felt women are not portrayed fairly in the media and 55% said they had seen the media talk about a women's appearance before their achievements.

About their mental wellbeing - in 2015 62% of girls knew a girl or young woman who had experienced a mental health problem. 37% had personally needed help with their own mental health.

Experiences of sexual harassment in school - in 2015 and 2014 girls told us that 59% of them had experienced some form of sexual harassment in school or college.

The importance of good Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) - in 2015 girls told us that 82% wanted to learn about consent at school, yet only 49% actually had discussed this in lessons.