US teen-focused net The N has been busy investigating just exactly what is going on with girls ages 13 to 24 and has tallied up the results in a massive research study using data gathered over 15 months or so between winter 2007 and April 2008.
A quick look at the findings of The Story of the Girl study revealed:
• 86% of girls say they have prior generations of women to thank for all the opportunities they have now
• 59% of girls believe they are smarter than their male counterparts, and more than four out of 10 girls (43%) believe they will earn more money than their spouse.
• While 34% of females 13 to 24 believe that women have achieved equality with men, 85% still believe a double standard exists, and 84% believe women are still discriminated against in the workplace.
• Girls surveyed said it’s easier for males to become CEO (62%), get promoted (45%), have a good job (28%) and have it all (23%).
• More than one-third (34%) of girls look up to themselves or do not have a role model at all.
• One quarter (25%) of girls look up to their moms as their primary role models.
• Only 6% of girls said a famous athlete, musician or singer, actress or actor, author or writer is their role model