It is 2017 and women are making inroads of progress toward being seen as bosses, executives, and company founders. But a striking new Pew Research Center survey finds that the default for society’s vision of working ambition is still a man.
Survey: Men are valued for the ambition, women are valued for their looks and parental abilities
Gender stereotypes about women being homemakers and men being breadwinners persist. This past August and September, a group of 4,000 nationally representative U.S. adults were asked to answer what pressures they thought men and women faced, and their answers made it clear that men are still seen as the main provider in family units.
The top pressures for men were earning money for their families and being successful in their careers. While three in four Americans agreed that the biggest pressure point for men is supporting their family financially, only 40% agreed that this was a top priority for women.
Meanwhile, more than 70% of Americans thought that the biggest pressures for women are being an involved parent and being physically attractive. In the list of presumed societal pressures, being a breadwinner or good at their job came in last for women.
The reason for the gendered differences may become clearer when you see how the majority of Americans view men and women’s best contributions to society.
When the participants were asked open-ended questions about what traits society values most in men and women, the top values for men were honesty, professional success, and ambition. Meanwhile, when asked what were the most valuable qualities a women could have, participants’ top answers were: being physically attractive, nurturing, and smart.
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