According to child rights organisation Plan International Australia young women are turning their backs on leadership and politics because of perceptions surrounding gender roles and the implications of sexism of Australia. Just this week former Prime Minister Julia Gillard pointed out the gender card and sexism she faced during her time in power- something that no top leader should face because of gender.
Sexism has taken its toll according to the survey, with only one percent of the one thousand girls assessed wanting a career in politics. 50 percent also said that sexism has affected their career path and 33 percent have said it would be easier for them to obtain their dream job if they were male.
While sexism is hitting the recipients closer to home with a trend of sexists comments in real life and on social media (75 percent said they were subjected to sexists remarks) respondents also reported alarming figures about the implications of the media and influential people. The survey found that 30 percent of women felt uncomfortable from an advertisement they say and 28 percent said they often heard a politician, sportsperson or public figure make a sexist remark.
The only dream jobs that women were seen to have an advantage in were being a full-time mother or athlete, the survey found. The alarming figures highlight sexism is on the rise in Australia and Feminism still holds relevance in creating a society of Gender Equality. It is time to create positive language and perspectives around Feminism as an important movement in society- it is time to Run The Word to create gender equality where men and women enjoy equal employment rights and do not experience sexism.
What are your thoughts on the figures? Have you ever been subjected to sexism?
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