Have Women Achieved Equality? America Says: Sorta

A new poll finds that Millennial men are least likely to see the need for further progress.
More

One can argue at length about how much progress the United States has made towards male-female equality over the past 20 years (my vote: less than you probably think). But the trend in public opinion about the topic is clear. According to Pew's newest survey on gender in the workplace, 45 percent of Americans believe society, as a whole, favors men over women, down from 62 percent in 1993. There remains a massive gap between men and women on the issue, but most seem to think America is a more equitable place in 2013. 

Attitudes change a bit when Pew asks specifically about the economy. A majority of both men and women still believe more should be done "to bring about equality in the workplace." So have women achieved equality? America's answer is: "sorta-kinda."

That said, it seems noteworthy that Millennial men, having been surrounded by high achieving women for most of their lives, are least likely to see the need for further progress. Movements like feminism really can become victims of their own success.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Jordan Weissmann is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Business

Just In