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Many still believe there is no gender equality in the workplace

The percentage of women working outside the home has changed little in the last five decades. It sits at 75% working at least 35 hours per week, with 25% working 1 to 34 hours. This adds up to over half of the entire U.S. workforce. While women have worked hard to secure equal standing, there is still room for improvement, and there is disagreement over how far there is to go.

Some men cry foul

There is a recent poll by the Pew Research Center featuring 3,143 respondents of the Ipsos Knowledge Panel on their beliefs regarding equality in the workplace. Important statistics include:

The men

  • 10% believe that women’s rights have gone too far
  • 32% believe that women’s rights are equal to men
  • 49% believe there is more work to be done
  • 12% believe that women have more rights
  • 76% believe that women’s rights did not come at a cost to men
  • 28% believe that women’s rights have come at a cost to men

The women

  • 8% believe they had more rights than men
  • 27% believe that they have equal rights to men
  • 64% believe there is more work to be done.

When respondents were split by political affiliation, 38% of Republicans of both genders and 19% of Democrats of both genders said that women’s rights had come at men's expense.

Women cite causes

The cause for these numbers should come as no surprise since these issues have been with us since women entered the workplace in equal numbers. Seventy-seven percent of those women who responded by saying that there was no gender equality or more work was needed cited sexual harassment as the reason. Sixty-seven percent said that they felt that they did not have equal legal rights to the men. Sixty-six percent cited social expectations. Sixty-four percent believed that there were not enough women in positions of power in the workplace.

Many feel there is more to do

Several laws protect those workers who feel that they are not treated equally to male colleagues. While each situation's circumstances are different, those who believe they are mistreated or have been accused of doing this may need to talk to a knowledgeable business and employment law attorney. These legal professionals can draw upon their experience and knowledge of the law to provide analysis and guidance.

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