Nearly half of women think workplace is unfair, study says
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Most women are happy with their jobs, but nearly half believe
women are treated unfairly in their professions, according to the 2012 BlogHer Women
and Work Study.
Fifty-one percent of the more than 1,000 women who use the
BlogHer website and responded to the survey say they love their job, whether working
for a company (31 percent) or themselves (22 percent). Another one-fifth of the
women surveyed say their job is "fine for now.” Nearly 10 percent feel they are
underpaid or underemployed. Four percent are unemployed and another 3 percent
are actively seeking a job. Two percent "dread going to work every day.”
On whether or not they feel they are being treated fairly, 56 percent of the women said they were treated "very
fairly” (25 percent) or "fairly” (31 percent). Nearly 40 percent, however, rated workplace
fairness as "questionable” and said women have difficulty being recognized or advancing. Another 7 percent said "it’s
a man’s world and it’s an uphill battle for women to get ahead.” Younger women
had a slightly rosier view of the workplace.
Women were split on working if they didn’t
have to for financial reasons. Thirty-six percent said they would not, with 20
percent saying they’d travel and pursue hobbies and 16 percent saying they’d be
stay-at-home moms. Another 36 percent said they would work even if they
received a financial windfall, though 16 percent of that group said they’d do
something different. Eight percent said they would "probably” continue working
because they’d be bored if they didn’t.
2012 BlogHer Women and Work Study