Younger Generation Think Women’s Rights Have Gone Too Far

Mar, 2023

What is your definition of a feminist? Would you describe yourself as one? 

Vocabulary list 

• Students read each word followed by the definition, focusing on the correct pronunciation.

• The teacher reads the sample sentence and the students repeat, focusing on the correct pronunciation.

• After reading the list, students try to make their own example sentences using the words that are new to them. 

• Students share their example sentences and the teacher gives feedback, correcting errors if necessary.

gender equality (noun phrase)

ˈdʒen.dər  iˈkwɒl.ə.ti

treating men and women equally

Gender equality has been one of the big political issues in recent years.

 

collate (verb)

kəˈleɪt

to collect and examine data or information to study and compare

We collated the data from information taken from thousands of documents.

 

statement (noun)

ˈsteɪt.mənt

an opinion expressed in writing or words

The police will release a statement later today with an update on their investigation.

 

claim (noun)

kleɪm

a statement that something is true, though it has not been proven as a fact

The professor who has made this claim has to provide more evidence if we are going to take it seriously.

 

respondent (noun)

rɪˈspɒn.dənt

a person who gives information after being requested, typically on a survey

The respondents were given time to read the questions carefully.

 

misogyny (noun)

mɪˈsɒdʒ.ən.i

dislike, contempt or hatred of women

Some female officers claimed there is an attitude of misogyny within the police force.  

Younger Generation Think Women’s Rights Have Gone Too Far

According to a new survey about gender equality progress, Gen Z and Millennials think that women’s rights have gone too far. The surprising results of the survey found that over half of the people in the younger generations believe that the push for female equality is now having a negative effect on men.

The survey, which was conducted by Ipsos UK and the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College in London, collated the responses of more than 22,500 people aged 16-74 in 32 countries. The results revealed that 52% of Gen Z and 53% of Millennials agreed that ‘we have gone so far in promoting women’s equality that we are discriminating against men’. In comparison, 46% of Generation X and 40% of Baby Boomers surveyed agreed with the statement. Similar results came from Gen Z and Millennials in response to the claim that things had ‘gone far enough’, with 55% of Gen Z and 57% of Millennials agreeing. This compared with 53% of Generation X and 47% percent of Baby Boomers.

When asked to respond to the statement that men are ‘expected to do too much to support equality’, most of Gen Z (55%), Millennials (57%) and Generation X (54%) agreed. However, less than half of Baby Boomers agreed with this statement. It was also found that it was mostly Gen Z and Millennials who considered a father who stays at home to look after his children as ‘less of a man’, with 30% of both groups agreeing with this statement.

Half of all respondents believed that ‘steps towards women’s equality are leading to discrimination against men, and more broadly there is slightly less confidence that life today is better for young men than it is for young women’. The report went on to also suggest that ‘progress on gender equality remains at risk of stalling’.

Julia Gillard, chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, said that, despite progress, there are still a lot of “high-profile examples of misogyny”. However, she also said it was important to highlight the positives. For example, 45% of Gen Z and 44% of Millennials define themselves as a feminist compared to 37% of Generation X and 35% of Baby Boomers. Gen Z were also most likely to speak up against sexist comments (27%) compared to Baby Boomers (16%).

Kelly Beaver MBE, chief executive of Ipsos UK and Ireland, said the research shows progress in gender equality has been made, but there is still a long way to go.

 

Based on an the article ‘Gen Z, Millennials think women’s rights have gone too far, according to new survey’ – News.com.au Mar 14, 2023

QUESTIONS

 

1. All the participants in the survey were male.

TRUE / FALSE / INFORMATION NOT GIVEN

 

2. Which one of these statements is not true?

a. Far more Gen Z and Millennials agree that the promotion of equality has gone too far than don’t.
b. More of Gen Z and Millennials believe we have gone too far in promoting equality than the older generations.
c. A small majority of Gen Z and Millennials agree that the promotion of equality has gone too far.

 

3. Most of Gen Z and Millennials believed that we had gone far enough in promoting gender equality.

TRUE / FALSE / INFORMATION NOT GIVEN

 

4. Most Gen Z and Millennials considered a father who stays at home to look after his children was ‘less of a man’.

TRUE / FALSE / INFORMATION NOT GIVEN

 

5. Half of the people who took the survey believe that life is now better for young men than it is for young women.

TRUE / FALSE / INFORMATION NOT GIVEN

6. More of the younger respondents consider themselves feminists than the older people.

TRUE / FALSE / INFORMATION NOT GIVEN

Discussion

  • What are your thoughts on the results of this survey?
  • Why do you think the younger generation think that women’s equality has gone too far?
  • Why do you think more younger people consider themselves as feminists than older people?
  • Are there more women in senior positions in your company than men?
  • Do you know any female CEO’s of large companies? If so, who and which company?
  • Do you think more should be done to encourage gender equality in your country? If so, what?
  • Far more men die in work accidents and wars, are homeless, commit suicide, get murdered, and they get much longer prison sentences for committing the same crimes as women; why do you think this is?
  • How do you think the inequalities in the previous statement should be addressed?
  • Switzerland didn’t allow women the right to vote until 1990, and Spain didn’t make equal pay between men and women the law until 2021. Does this surprise you? Why/Why not?
  • When do you think gender equality will be ideal, what do you consider that ideal balance to be, and how will it happen?