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Younger women workers believe themselves equal to male peers

Last Updated: Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 20:47

New York: Younger female employees are more likely to perceive themselves as equal to their male colleagues at workplace, a new international study has found.

The study found that because women from the so-called Generation Y - or those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s - have been raised with a "girls can do anything boys can do" attitude, they perceive greater gender equality in workplace skills, opportunities and accomplishments than their older peers do.

The study was based on surveys of more than 1,000 women and 500 men in the US, as well as more than 3,000 females in the UK, France, Germany and China.

The research conducted by communications firm FleishmanHillard and Hearst Magazines, found that 70 percent of Gen Y women describe themselves as smart, compared with only 54 percent of Gen Y men.

That gender gap shrinks among Gen X females - those born between the early 1960s and the early 1980s - and disappears among baby boomers, 'BusinessNewsDaily' reported.

While younger women see themselves in a more positive light, they still lag behind when it comes to their salaries.

In each of the five countries surveyed, more than 80 percent of the women said men are often paid more than women, even for doing the same work, while about half said many men resent the advancements women have made in recent years.

Overall, women see themselves as stronger than men in areas of emotional strength, which includes things like difficult conversations or rebounding from setbacks, but they acknowledge that men often have more success in negotiating and proactively asking for salary increases.


First Published: Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 20:47
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