Society’s gap between men and women still wide

Source: CNN

By Kelly Wallace, CNN

(CNN)The past two months have no doubt been a turning point when it comes to sexual harassment allegations in the workplace. Women, who are often the victims, feel more empowered knowing that if they come forward today, two things are more likely than they would have been years ago: They are more likely to be believed, and their perpetrator is more likely to be held accountable.

We may have come a long way on attitudes about gender — but we still have a very long way to go, based on the results of a new survey by the Pew Research Center.
A majority of Americans believe there are definite differences between men and women in terms of how they express their feelings, their physical abilities, their hobbies and interests, and how they parent, according to the findings. More than 4,500 people were surveyed in August and September, before the current wave of sexual harassment stories began to be reported.
Those findings are not groundbreaking; after all, they’re at the heart of the success of the bestselling book “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” first published 25 years ago.

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