|Women’s Roles Polled |
Miral Fahmy - Reuters
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March 08, 2010
Women head governments, run companies and comprise about half the world’s workforce, but a global poll shows that one in four people, most of them young, believe a woman’s place is in the home.
The survey of over 24,000 adults in 23 countries, conducted by Reuters/Ipsos and released on the eve of International Women’s Day, showed that people from India, Turkey, Japan, China, Russia, Hungary and South Korea were most likely to agree that women should not work.
And, perhaps surprisingly, people aged between 18 and 34 years are most likely to hold that view, not those from the older, and more traditional, generation.
Mexicans who participated bucked the machismo cliché that women belong at home: 91 percent disagreed that women should be “amas de casa,” one of the highest of all those polled.
The poll and the reality are far different, however: 42 percent of women in 2008 were employed, according to the National Women’s Institute (Inmujeres).
The number has greatly increased since 1970, when only 17.6 percent of women were employed.
The gap between male and female workers is still high: 77.5 percent of men were employed in 2008.
However, the majority, or 74 percent, of those who participated in the global poll believe a woman’s place is certainly not at home.