General Article Women and decision-making

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By Helen Coombs, Emily Gray and Daniel Edmiston

To help mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2010, the Government Equalities Office commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct a survey on women’s representation in business and government. This report summarises the key research findings from interviews conducted by telephone between 20 and 24 February 2010. Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,071 adults in Great Britain aged 16+.

Importance of women and men having an ‘equal say’ in decision-making

Around three-quarters of the public are in favour of men and women having equal say over decisions. However, people attach different levels of importance to these, dependent on the extent to which people feel the decision affects them directly, and whether there is explicit reference to impact on ‘men and women’ rather than ‘the public as a whole’. It would appear that when people consider decisions about something that will particularly affect them (i.e. local service...

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