Girls in Scotland
For the first time Girlguiding Scotland have taken a snapshot of the lives of girls and young women in Scotland with their brand new research, Girls in Scotland. The survey gives girls and young women a platform to be heard and the biggest survey of its kind in Scotland.
- 86% of girls say they expect to split childcare and housework equally with their partner but 71% say they worry about balancing career and family life.
- 83% of girls say they wouldn’t work for a company that pays female employees less than men.
- 46% of girls say they would have more freedom to go out by themselves if they were a boy.
- 61% of girls aged 7-11 strongly agree that they can do anything a boy can do, but this drops to 45% for girls aged 12-17 and 39% for girls aged 18-25.
- Nine in 10 girls said they’d like to see the achievements of women better represented in their school’s curriculum.
- 90% said they learn or learnt little or nothing about online pornography and 84% said they learn or learnt little or nothing about gender equality.
- 64% of girls say they feel pressured to succeed at school.
- Mental illness appears common among girls aged 13-25 with 77% saying they know a girl their age who has experienced depression, while 63% saying they know a girl who has experienced self-harm.
- One in three girls has been harassed while out and about in her community.