Worldwide Optimism About Future of Gender Equality, Even as Many See Advantages for Men. By: Horowitz, Juliana Menasce; and Fetterolf, Janell. 2020. Pew Research Center.

Support for gender equality is strong around the globe, a new Pew Research Center report finds. Across 34 countries polled, a median of 94% think it is important for women in their country to have the same rights as men, with 74% saying this is very important. At the same time, a notable share (a median of 40% across the countries surveyed) thinks men should have more right to a job than women when jobs are scarce; 56% disagree with this notion.

At least four-in-ten think men generally have more opportunities than women in their country to get high-paying jobs (a median of 54% across the 34 countries surveyed) and that men have more opportunities when it comes to being leaders in their community (44%). Publics see more equity in access to a good education – a median of 81% believe men and women in their country generally have the same opportunities in this area – and expressing their political views (63% say men and women have the same opportunities). No more than 6% say women have more opportunities than men in any of these realms.

In many countries, women place more importance on gender equality than men do. However, women are less optimistic than men that women in their countries will achieve equality in the future, and they are more likely to say men have better lives than women.

Still, majorities of men and women express optimism about the future of gender equality in their country. Overall, a median of 75% across the 34 countries polled think it is likely that women in their country will eventually have the same rights as men, and 5% volunteer that women in their country have already achieved equality.

These are among the major findings from a Pew Research Center survey conducted among 38,426 adults in 34 countries from May 13 to Oct. 2, 2019.