An initiative of the National Women’s Council of Ireland
Gender stereotyping begins at birth. Girls are given ‘girly’ toys but are we really born to love princesses and dolls or trucks and footballs?
Kids’ TV reinforces gendered ideas – heroines are usually pretty or sexy while boys are often strong and heroic or dopey or lovestruck (with the hot girl, of course!)
At school, women make up 85% of primary teachers yet only 53% of primary principals are female. Now there’s some maths that don’t quite add up!
A whopping 98% of those looking after the home are women while 44% of married men work outside home for 40 hours or more per week, compared with 15% of married women.
It still doesn’t pay as well to be female either! At working age, women earn 14% less than men overall.
Men and boys are more into sport than girls and women. Really? Or is it that male sport gets more encouragement, funding, and media coverage?
Do you notice how women are represented in the media? Sexualised images of women are common, whereas men are more likely to be the subjects of business, politics and sport
1 in 7 women have experienced severe abusive behaviour, of a physical, sexual or emotional nature from a partner at some time in their lives. Equality means that women and girls should be and feel safe.
When it comes to decision-making, only 15% of TD’s in Dáil Eireann and 13% of government ministers are female. That’s a lot of big decisions being made for women and men in this country by… mostly men.
Women live longer than men by about 5 years but tend to be more likely to live alone, in poverty and in poorer health. Of those describing themselves as retired, 68% are men whilst 32% are female.
Do you think ‘equality studies’ should be part of the school curriculum?