'The Arc of History Is Bending Back.' New Study Shows How Girls Around the World View Female Leaders

By Suyin Haynes | Time | June 11, 2019

A new report published Tuesday reveals that 9 out of 10 girls around the world believe that female leaders suffer widespread discrimination and sexual harassment.

Produced by child rights organization Plan International in partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the report found that while a majority of girls and women worldwide want to take leadership positions in the workplace, politics and wider society, an overwhelming majority of those surveyed believe that women leaders face unfair treatment. According to the research, 93% of respondents believe female leaders experience unwanted physical contact, and 94% believe women aren’t treated as well as men in leadership positions.

The research, titled ‘Taking the Lead,’ was carried out across 19 countries, with almost 10,000 girls and young women aged 15-24 participating in what the report’s authors say is one of the world’s first studies highlighting the leadership aspirations, perceptions and experiences of this demographic on a global scale. The study also found that young women from low-income countries were more likely to want to be leaders of their country, community or family than those from higher-income countries.

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