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What helps or hinders women's equality?

New research to support the launch of King's College London's World Questions event series, which begins with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Julia Gillard on 13 November, reveals public perceptions of what helps or hinders women's equality in Britain and around the world.

People - Countries - Global - Institute - Women

Around 20,000 people across 28 countries were surveyed by the Global Institute for Women's Leadership, Policy Institute and Ipsos MORI for the study.

26 percent think intelligence is one of the most important factors helping women get ahead, compared with 17 percent who say the same for men.

Percent - Hard - Women - Success - Percent

37 percent say working hard is key for women's success, compared with 29 percent for men.

29 percent say having connections is important in men succeeding, almost twice as many as the 15 percent who say the same for women.

Percent - Britons - Woman - Looks - Factor

One in 10 (11 percent) Britons say a woman's looks are a key factor in helping them get ahead, while just 4 percent say the same for men.

Employers get most of the blame for preventing equality between women and men. The top three barriers according to the British public are:

Employers - Gender - Pay - Gap - Percent

Employers not doing enough to close the gender pay gap (27 percent).

A lack of employer support for women in balancing work and care responsibilities (22 percent).

Employers - Women - Positions - Percent

Employers' not promoting women to senior positions (21 percent).

After employment issues, unfair media portrayals of women are seen as the next biggest cause of inequality between men and women. 16 percent of Britons say this is a key factor, the highest of all 28 countries surveyed, compared with the global average of 9 percent.

Lack - Women - Positions - Power - Proportion

A lack of women in positions of political power is mentioned by a similar proportion of Britons (15 percent) – in line with the global average (14 percent).

35 percent say most progress has been made with women's representation in government and politics, the...
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