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What helps or hinders women’s equality

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A new study on public perceptions of what helps or hinders women’s equality in Britain and around the world was produced by the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, the Policy Institute and Ipsos MORI. Around 20,000 people across 28 countries were surveyed.

The research was published to support the launch of King’s College London’s World Questions  event series in November 2019. The first even featured former US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton in conversation with Julia Gillard.

Key findings include:

  • Globally, men (18 per cent) are twice as likely as women (nine per cent) to say that gender equality has already been achieved in their country.
  • Around the world, people are more likely to say intelligence is important for women to get ahead (28 per cent) than for men (20 per cent), and that never giving up is key (25 per cent for women vs 16 per cent for men).
  • Women (15 per cent) are twice as likely as men (seven per cent) to have their looks cited as a key factor in their success.
  • Personal networks are seen as more important for men’s success. Globally, 22 per cent say being connected is key for men, compared with 13 per cent who say the same for women.