Girls, boys agree girls worker harder
NEW YORK (UPI) -- The presidential election has resulted in girls and boys having an increased awareness of the barriers that face women, a U.S. survey indicates.
Fifty-nine percent say the election increased their confidence in being able to achieve their goals in the future, while 55 percent say the election has increased their comfort level in speaking up and expressing their opinions.
Both boys and girls increased their appreciation for the difficulties that women face. Forty-three percent of girls say they strongly believe "girls have to work harder than boys in order to gain positions of leadership," a statement that 25 percent of girls agreed with just a year ago.
The percentage of girls who believe that "today both men and women have an equal chance of getting a leadership position" has declined from 35 percent to 24 percent between 2007 and 2008.
The percentage of girls who believe that "in our society, it is more difficult to become a leader for a woman than a man," increased from 23 percent in 2007 to 37 percent in 2008.
The percentage of girls who say they believe that "today both men and women have an equal chance of getting a leadership position" has declined from 35 percent to 24 percent between 2007 and 2008.
The survey was conducted Nov. 11-Dec. 2, 2008, by the market research firm Fluent. The survey consisted of online interviews with 3,284 people ages 13 and 17. No margin of error was provided.
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