Equality Quiz

So, we're equal now are we? No need for feminism anymore? You sure? Well, find out how equal men and women are by playing this quiz and see how clued up you are.

, 16 May 2001

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i.e. before the June 2001 general election.)”;

$q[4]=”What percentage of company directors are women?”;






$t[4]=”Only 3.6% of company directors are women. Only 18% of executives (i.e. managers and directors) are female.”;

$q[5]=”What percentage of women with families still do all or most of the housework?” ;






$t[5]=”79%. Most men and women now disagree with the statement ‘A husband’s job is to earn the money; a wife’s job is to look after the home and family’. However, this change in attitudes has not been reflected in practice. Even when both partners have full time jobs, in 7 out of 10 cases the woman does most of the housework.”;

$q[6]=”Women account for just over half (51%) of of staff in higher education. But what percentage of the senior staff – the higher paid group – are women?”;






$t[6]=”25%. A 1999 report showed significant differences between pre 1992 Universities and the former Polytechnics that became Universities in 1992. In pre 1992 Universities 27% of academic staff were women. 29% of women were graded Senior Lecturer or above, compared to 56% of men. In the post 1992 Universities 42% of academic staff were women. 16% of women were graded Senior Lecturer or above compared to 30% of men.”;

$q[7]=”What percentage of the judiciary are women?”;






$t[7]=”12% of judges are women. The position is even worse higher up the judiciary.”;

$q[8]=”Retired men get an average income of £174 a week. How much do women get?”;






$t[8]=”£94. More than twice as many older women than men are reliant on income support. Only one in five women have enough provision for old age. Due to a number of factors, women tend to be poorer in old age than men.”;

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Next time someone tells you feminism is no longer necessary, hit them with the facts. Here’s the answers:

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