Practical measures to help bridge gender gap in young adults

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Assigning chores to children equally, giving them unsupervised freedom outdoors, and providing good career role models would help address workplace gender inequality, according to University of Queensland research.

The Hands Up for Gender Equality study, launched by the Australian Institute for Business and Economics Centre for Gender Equality in the Workplace, explores how gender impacts self-confidence and career intentions in teenagers.

Centre Director and UQ Business School researcher Dr. Terry Fitzsimmons said the study filled a large gap in the knowledge required to address workplace gender inequality, starting with the education of young people.

"There have been few examinations into whether boys and girls actually differ in self-confidence, and what experiences, activities and decisions impact on levels of self-confidence in adolescents, which is a marker for future career success," Dr. Fitzsimmons said.

"We set out to comprehensively understand what factors contribute most to developing a young person's self-confidence and shaping their career preferences, how these differ for girls and boys, and how they change in .

"By understanding these important factors and their levels of influence, we can help schools and parents more effectively develop self-confidence, career intention and leadership capacity in young people."

The study surveyed more than 10,000 students aged 12-17 years from single-sex schools across South East Queensland.

Students were asked about leadership and travel experiences, self-confidence levels, types of and time spent on chores, part-time work and study commitments, and motivations and preferences including engagement with science, technology and maths subjects.

Dr. Fitzsimmons said he hoped the insights and recommendations from the study would positively influence family routines, and government policies.

"Key recommendations include urging parents to assign and pay chores equally, encouraging schools to prioritise excursions to help develop , and urging industries traditionally dominated by one gender to send diverse role models to schools to talk about careers," he said.

"Correcting the imbalance in the workforce and creating a more equal and fair society is everyone's responsibility and it's important we start now.

"We hope our research will empower caregivers and teachers to inspire confidence and purpose in young adults, especially when they are deciding on their subjects and careers, which can be as early as 13 years of age."

"We also hope parents adopt these practical measures in their own homes and practices, to ensure our future leaders consider all careers equally, and have a solid understanding of fairness and equality in all aspects of their lives."

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Dec 11, 2018
The idea that boys and girls should do the same chores, play the same games, learn the same things at school and have the same careers when adults in the name of equality is conceptually the same as having tall and short people wear the same size clothes.

Fits one better than the other, or neither equally.

Dec 11, 2018
I'd provide some kind of argument here, but you literally just read the headline and decided the world needed to hear your inbred hillbilly wisdom.

So in turn, I'll just add, you're a dumbass old coot and should go fuck yourself, Eikka.

Dec 11, 2018
your inbred hillbilly wisdom.

Talk about being bigoted.

"Correcting the gender imbalance in the workforce" by "assigning chores equally" is talking exactly about the idea that there should be the same number of men and women in every workplace in every career and type of task.

But what if men and women don't want the same jobs and careers?

The paradox is that in more egalitarian societies with more freedom of choice, men and women choose different career paths out of preference, while in less egalitarian and free societies women are used as sociopolitical pawns and pushed into "non-traditional" careers as a duty rather than a choice. As a result, Iran has more women in engineering and science than Norway.

And the what happens after the school? Once the women are out of school, they drop back to the careers they prefer. Over half the women educated in STEM eventually quit their jobs in the field, compared to only 20% in other fields.

Dec 12, 2018
You're a sexist hick too, Eikka. Fuck you.

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