Bias, discrimination and inequities toward women

Because bias is so ingrained in how we live our lives, it can be hard to know when our behavior causes harm. Learn about how bias and discrimination affects women today.

Public perceptions about women's equality

A century after women gained the right to vote, majority of Americans see work to do on gender equality.
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  1. 77% point to sexual harassment as a major obstacle.

  2. 67% point to women not having the same legal rights as men.

  3. 66% say there are different societal expectations for men and women.

  4. 64% say not enough women are in positions of power

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Inequities and violence against women

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Understanding the diversity and intersectionality of women

While all women are subject to bias, discrimination and inequities, some communities experience larger gaps and discrepancies in their health, wealth, education and justice.