Discrimination: Issues Facing Women

  • According to a new study by Plan International Canada, many women feel both sexes are still being pigeonholed into traditional gender roles.
  • The study also finds that 70 per cent of women have experienced some form of inequality in their lifetime, either due to discrimination or gender stereotypes.
  • The research shows 81 per cent of women still feel pressured to be in charge of cooking, cleaning and caring for children.
  • Many young women say they have been held back due to their physical appearance, in contrast to 53 per cent of women aged 35 to 65.
  • When it comes to gender stereotypes, 87 per cent of women believe men who express their opinions at work are viewed as confident leaders – compared to women, whom 82 per cent say are perceived as aggressive or overbearing.
  • Seventy-eight per cent of women surveyed say there is an unrealistic expectation for them to be thin and graceful, while 67 per cent say men need to be tall and muscular.

  1. Plan International Canada. 2020. https://plancanada.ca/stories/a-womans-place-in-canada-is-in-the-kitchen