The largest survey of its kind in Scotland

As the leading organisation for girls and young women in Scotland, empowering every girl to reach their full potential and speak out about matters that are important to them is at the heart of everything we do.

What matters to girls and young women

With more than 100 years’ experience we’ve seen first-hand how girls’ lives are changing. The survey asked for the views of over 500 girls and young women aged 7-25 across the country.

Throughout our long history we’ve pushed for meaningful change to help create a more equal future for girls and young women in Scotland. This research helps us continue this work and bring us closer to helping shape the decisions that impact girls’ lives.

Equality isn’t their reality

Girls want equality but know it isn’t always a reality:

  • 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 male employees

The gender divide

Inequality is a part of girls’ everyday lives:

  • 46% of girls say they would have more freedom to go out by themselves if they were a boy
  • 61% of girls age 7-11 strongly agree that they can do anything a boy can do, but this drops to 45% for girls age 12-17 and 39% for girls age 18-25

Equality at school

Girls aren’t always getting an equal picture at school

  • 9 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

Happiness and well-being

Girls are feeling the pressure and their happiness and well-being drops as they get older:

  • Poor mental health appears common among girls age 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
  • 1 in 3 girls has been harassed while out and about in her community

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