Gender Inequality: How far have we come in 20 years?

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Gender Inequality
Bill Hillary and Chelsea Clinton at the 1993 inauguration

WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN 1993? That’s when nearly two-thirds of Americans said society favors men; it was also the year the Bill Clinton was inaugurated for his first term in office.

Great progress has been made toward gender pay equality. Now, Millennial women (ages 18 to 34) make almost as much money as their male age peers.

Does this mean we have a level playing field?

Overall, Americans believe that the field is more level now than it has been, according to the Pew Research Center’s new report. Yet two-thirds (67%) say that we need to continue making changes to bring about workplace equality. Millennial women are even more likely to say so: Three-quarters of women ages 18-34 (75%) say that more needs to be done, even though they have achieved pay parity with men.

Women of the Boomer Generation agree, with 77% saying that more needs to be done. Even a majority (63%) of women members of the Silent Generation (ages 68–85) say that more changes are necessary to create gender equality in the workplace.

Let’s broaden our view beyond the workplace. How does society treat men and women? Does society favor men over women or vice versa? Just under half of all Americans (45%) say that society favors men over women. Only 9% say that society favors women over men. About 40% says that society treats women and men equally.

This is a big shift in just twenty years. In 1993, 62% of Americans said that society generally favored men or women. Only 23% said that society generally treated men and women the same.

Do you believe we have a level playing field?

Does more need to be done to achieve gender equality in the workplace?

How about in society?

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