International Women’s Day: American’s Say to #PressForProgress, Start With Stereotypes and Visibility

To commemorate International Women’s Day this year, The Harris Poll conducted a nationwide study to assess America’s views on women in leadership roles, the #MeToo/#TimesUp movements and gauge the country’s response to the five 2018 International Women’s Day Commitments: maintaining a gender parity mindset, challenging stereotypes and bias, and celebrating women’s achievements, influencing others’ beliefs and actions, and forging positive visibility of women.

International Women’s Day Commitments

Whether they are engineers, writers or business experts, women appear to be channeling this year’s IWD theme, #PressForProgress and this resonates with The Harris Poll’s findings that, thinking of women’s equality, Americans say “pledging to forge positive visibility of women” (48%) and “pledging to challenge stereotypes and biases” (48%) would be extremely/very effective in bringing about real and lasting change. And the easiest place to start is recognizing women’s accomplishments as 23% of Americans say it is the least difficult on the five to accomplish. While the hardest to attain are changing other’s beliefs and actions (74%) and challenging stereotypes and biases (66%).

#MeToo and #TimesUp Movements Are On the Right Path

65% of Americans agree that social movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp are on the right path to help achieve women’s equality. And 62% say the #MeToo movement has changed people’s opinions on the women’s movement for the better. Although a vast majority of Americans favor the current social movements championing women’s rights, more than half of Americans (55%) seem weary of the backlash the #MeToo movement has created towards feminist causes. Last month, Fast Company reported that almost half of male managers say they are “now “uncomfortable” mentoring, working alone with, or socializing with junior-level female employees.”