New survey research released today by Expert Market reveals that more than half of adult workers believe women are controlled by their hormones at work.
The survey also found that more than half of respondents made judgements about their colleagues based on gender, and a third of those in charge of hiring said they considered the likelihood a woman would get pregnant and take maternity leave.
And it gets worse for women.
Women were also not valued in the same way as men by many of those who answered the questionnaire – exactly half said they believed there were differences in the capabilities of men and women, while 14 per cent – more than one in 10 – actually believed it was right that a man should be paid more for doing the same job.
Nevertheless, 86% say they have not observed gender bias with their own eyes and 63% say the gender pay gap is not real.
Said lead researcher Grace Garland, “The survey essentially shows most people do not think there is much discrimination going on — but conflictingly, they do believe in damaging stereotypes such as that the women they work with make decisions due to their hormones.”
The survey was conducted among more than 2,000 people who work in offices in the United Kingdom.