What Women (and Men) Say About Gender Equality in Washington

In June, National Journal surveyed an array of D.C.-area professionals, spanning executive branch, congressional, and private-sector workers. We asked them to weigh in on whether gender discrimination was common in the areas they worked.

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What's clear from the data is that men and women have diverging opinions on the state of gender inequality. Men tend to see a fairer system, and are more likely to report that sex does not play a role in workplace promotions and achievement. Women are more likely to say that they've been denied opportunities because of thier gender. For instance, 73 percent of women surveyed said men recieved more opportunites to get ahead. On the same question, just 40 percent of men said they were the favored sex.

Collected here are graphs of the survey data, comparing mens' responses with womens'. Two thirds of the 1,484 respondents (1042 women, 442 men) live in the D.C. area. Some numbers have been rounded.

Do you believe it's easier or harder for women to attain positions of leadership in your line of work than it is for men? Or is there no difference?

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Do you believe that you could advance as far as your talents would take you in your workplace, regardless of your gender?

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Do you believe that -- because of your gender -- you have ever been discriminated against in the workplace, including being denied a promotion, raise, or opportunity?

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Do you believe that men and women have equal opportunities to get ahead, that women have more opportunities than men, or that men have more opportunities than women?

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Do you think physical appearance plays a more important role in career advancement for women, for men, or about the same for both?

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Do you think it would be easier or harder for a woman to be elected president if her qualifications were similar to her opponents?

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Do you think Washington is ahead of the rest of the nation, behind the rest of the nation, or no different than the rest of the nation in its opportunities for women in the workplace?

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