15 Times sexism went under the radar in Australia

A survey about sexism in Australia has been released and it turns out gender prejudices are going under the radar a lot more in the country than you might think.

In a survey released by child rights organisation, Plan International Australia, who interviewed more than 1,000 young women and girls about sexism in the country, it was found that many are deterred by leadership roles and politics because of gender biases.

According to the poll, 75 per cent of the women interviewed had received a sexist comment at some point in their lives, 50 per cent said sexism had affected their career and 37 per cent said sexism played a part in choosing which subjects they decided to study at school or university.

More shocking still, less than 1 per cent of women and girls interviewed said they’d consider a political leadership role as a career path.

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While sexism experienced in other nations, where women are not allowed to drive and must be accompanied by a male chaperone in public, is a stark contrast to the rights of women in Australia, similar ideas about being a second-class citizen remain.

Comparatively, women in Australia do not face situations that women face in other parts of the world, but that doesn’t take away from the impact sexism has here, where women continue to feel subordinate.

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Plan International Australia CEO, Ian Wishart, said the results were a “wake-up call”.

“We commissioned this research to discover how girls and young women feel about sexism and their own place in Australia, and were genuinely shocked by the results,” he said.

“I was actually shocked and very disappointed to think that 49 per cent of women and girls are not choosing a career direction because they perceive sexist bias or sexist discrimination in that area,” Wishart went on. “That’s just unacceptable.”

Unacceptable as it is, it doesn’t stop there. Here are 15 scenarios where sexism continues to go under the radar in Australia.

1. When violence against women becomes a national emergency:

2. When mothers pay more for student debt:

3. When Australia’s first female prime minister came in to power:

4. When the unequal pay debate goes on unsolved:

5. When who you’re dating is more important than what you’ve achieved:

6. When the social and financial repercussions of sexism go unnoticed:

7. When women avoid leadership roles in politics:

8. When people say equality isn’t important:

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9. When “feminism” is still considered a dirty word:

10. When sexism isn’t considered a problem by the majority:

11. When catcalling is a part of everyday life:

12. When the treatment of former female political leaders becomes how people see women in power:

13. When sexual discrimination happens in the workplace:

14. When sexism become a marketing strategy:

15. When sexism is just considered a women’s issue:


What do you think? Were you surprised by the survey’s findings? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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