Two in five female bosses say their workplace is sexist, research finds

By agency reporter
June 22, 2019

Two in five women bosses say there is sexism in their workplace, compared with one in five men, according to new research by the charity Young Women’s Trust.

A YouGov poll for the charity, which supports young women on low or no pay, shows that 37 per cent of women and 22 per cent of men with management responsibility say that sexist behaviour still exists in their organisation – totalling 29 per cent of all employers. One in 10 men (nine per cent) say that men are better suited to management jobs than women (compared to three per cent of women). 

The survey also finds that these sexist attitudes appear to be translating into decisions that hold women back. Two in five employers (18 per cent) say it is “harder for women to progress in my organisation than men”, rising to 27 per cent among women (11 per cent among men). 

The figures show very little change on last year’s results, despite moves to improve women’s equality such as gender pay gap reporting. 

Young Women’s Trust communications and campaigns director Joe Levenson said: “Far too many women are still having to battle sexism to progress at work. In some cases, sexist attitudes shut women out of the workplace altogether.

“Many employers say they are aware of this. Yet too few are doing anything to end it. 

“From patronising remarks to sexual harassment and gender discrimination, sexist cultures only serve to hold women back. This perpetuates gender pay gaps and disadvantages employers by limiting their organisations’ talent pools. 

“Unsurprisingly, women managers are more aware of it than men – no doubt because they too experience discrimination. 

“Employers must root out sexism in their organisations and give women an equal chance to succeed. It can be particularly tough in male-dominated workplaces, where employers should help to bring more women in and change the culture through training days, mentoring and even targets.”

* Young Women's Trust


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