Three-quarters of respondents agree that women still need to work much
harder than men to get ahead: Monster.ca poll
TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Big shoulder pads and big hair were all
the rage when the movie Working Girl debuted in 1988. Twenty-five years later the fashion has changed, but
like the film's lead character Tess McGill, many women still feel they
need to work harder than men to get ahead in the workplace. According
to a recent poll by Monster.ca, 44% of women (and 28% of men) believe
that nothing has changed in 25 years, in terms of women still needing
to fight harder for opportunities.
A Double Standard?
The poll also revealed that eight out of ten (81%) of female respondents
believe that women need to prove they have superior skills and
experience to compete with men when applying for jobs. Similarly, most
women regard leadership positions as elusive, with 74% of agreeing that
although it is more common for women to be in leadership positions than
25 years ago, they still need to work much harder than men to get
"While none of jobs currently listed on Monster.ca excludes females from
applying our poll shows women still feel considerably disadvantaged
compared to their male counterparts when it comes to career
advancement," says Sheryl Boswell, Director, Marketing, Monster.ca.
"Many women face the challenge of balancing work and family life, and
the rise of the female breadwinner in some households adds even more
Do Men Rule the Workforce?
Almost three-quarters of respondents (72%) agree with the statement
"there are career options for women, but men still dominate the
workforce." Those 55+ are more likely to agree (82%) compared to those
ages 18-34 (66%). When asked which industries are dominated by men,
respondents commonly listed: STEM sectors (science, technology,
engineering, mathematics), finance and medicine.
Those that have been in the workforce over the last 25 years may be more
pessimistic than Gen Yers, but change is in the air. According to
Statistics Canada's report "Changing labour market conditions for young Canadians 2012", women ages 25-34 had more favourable employment outcomes in 2012 than
did their counterparts in 1981, whereas men ages 25-34 living in
non-oil-producing provinces had lower employment outcomes in 2012 than
in 1981. Similarly, notwithstanding the perception by some that
medicine is a male-dominated sector, women now outnumber men in
Canadian medical schools.
Celebrate Your Accomplishments
"As Working Girl celebrates its 25th Anniversary, we urge Canadian women to look ahead with optimism and
ambition," Boswell concludes. "And to those women whose current
employers aren't offering the opportunity to advance, we say it might
be time to find better with Monster.ca."
About the Survey
A survey of 1500 Canadians was completed online between November 12 and
November 14, 2013 using Leger's online panel, LegerWeb. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of
+/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.
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connecting job opportunities and people. Monster uses the world's most
advanced technology to help people Find Better, matching job seekers to
opportunities via digital, social and mobile solutions including
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products and services. As an Internet pioneer, more than 200 million
people have registered on the Monster Worldwide network. Today, with
operations in more than 40 countries, Monster provides the broadest,
most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment and
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