Cheddar News Walk and Talk with Aliza Freud

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Mar 22, 2023

As a SheSpeaks member you know that we often ask you for your opinions and to take a survey.

Well, we love sharing when the press decides to cover the findings from our SheSpeaks surveys.

If you were one of the over 1,100 SheSpeaks members who took our survey on Community and Work then your opinions were featured on Cheddar News last week! 

Our founder, Aliza Freud, spoke with anchor Hena Doba about the findings from our latest study.  Here are some of the highlights from the study:

In the workplace:

  • 76% say it’s easier for women to get ahead in their careers than it was 10 years ago
  • 62% say that men are more open to having a female boss than they were 10 years ago
  • 56% say that women are closer than ever to achieving equal pay for equal work

However, they cite significant room for improvement:

  • 87% agree that women are not compensated as fairly as men
  • 76% say there is still a lot of sexism in the workplace
  • 79% say women are held to higher standards than men

Equal Pay Day was on March 14 this year (denoting how far into the year women must work to be paid what men were paid the previous year), the gender pay gap reinforces this reality.

Traditional stereotypes also persist as women in the workplace are perceived as “more emotional” (61%) vs. men and 78% say women are more empathetic than men.

Work/life balance:

Work-life balance and household division of labor are perceived to be improving:

  •  48% of women say it’s easier to balance work and home than it was 10 years ago
  •  53% feel that their current workplace gives them the work-life balance they need to succeed
  • 13% say they have quit a job in the past year to seek or accept a job with better work-life balance
  • 79% say men are more willing to help with household responsibilities than they were 10 years ago

However, household “division of labor” is still not a reality for women:

  • 72% say they handle more caregiving responsibilities (for elders, friends in need) than men do
  • 71% say they handle more of their household chores
  • 64% say they handle more of the parenting responsibilities
  • 34% say they handle more of the household budgeting/finances (only 7% say men do more of this work)

In politics:
In politics, 68% of women say their voices are considered less than men’s voices. Which may explain why:

  • 35% say they are more likely to vote for a woman than they might have 10 years ago – while only 3% say they are less likely to do so
  • 52% believe that having women in government definitely helps traditional women’s causes – down from 66% in 2015

“This decline may in fact be related to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade,” says Aliza Freud, CEO, SheSpeaks.  “According to a survey we fielded in June, 2022,  61% said Roe/abortion rights would be a key decision in their voting in midterms.” 

Women Supporting Other Women:

Women’s support for other women is tepid in key areas:

  • 73% say other women are not supportive at the workplace
  • 61% say other women are not supportive in the realm of personal life
  • 73% say other women are not supportive in the realm of politics
Do you agree with these findings? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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srnay23 by srnay23 | Waynesville, OH
Apr 09, 2023

These findings do not sursprise me at all. We started out with women power. "We could conquer all" to it just is what it is: men have leverage. They do with positions, pay, success in general. There's a reason women joke that they should change their names to be those of a boy when applying for a job. What I believe is missing here is the fact that men get paid higher then women regardless of experience or educated. And let me also drop down to where 61% say other women are not supportive in the realm of personal life and 73% say other woman are not support at the workplace. I would like to think that attitude is present due to the fact that it took women hundreds of years to work, so we're going to do that as best as we can,,, But that isn't the case. This behavior starts in elementary school, and it's just a power move in my book. It makes the the person less vulnerable in the workplace which could be a positive thing. But most woman don't seek it as such.

sjbraun by sjbraun | FORT WAYNE, IN
Mar 24, 2023

I also feel like the results are reported in kind of a "poor women" way. I don't feel that way at all! The world is my oyster :)

nickelet11 by nickelet11 | ROSWELL, GA
Mar 23, 2023

i dont agree with the findings. i feel very supported by other women at my workplace and personal life.