Source: US News
Women: do you get the feeling that society values you largely for your beauty and nurturing manner, while men are prized for their honesty, professional success, ambition and strength? And that “masculine” men are far more admired than “feminine” women?
You’re right, according to a sweeping study on gender differences conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. As women endeavor to achieve equality at work and shared responsibility at home, the study shows that females face substantial public pushback, starting with what kind of toys they should play with and continuing to parenting and the level of ambition women should express. Men, and Republicans, were more likely than women and Democrats to hold views that put males and females in more defined gender roles – with the women’s fate predetermined by biology.
“What we see is that there are very clear differences in how men and women, and how Republicans and Democrats, see the culture around gender and the pressures men and women face,” says Juliana Menasce Horowitz, associate director of research at Pew and one of the authors of the report. “At a time when we’re examining the role gender plays [in politics, family and the workplace], it’s interesting that as we have this conversation, we’re not starting from the same place,” Horowitz says.