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Most ladies in 2016 glad to be feminine, BBC ballot suggests

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Virtually 9 out of 10 girls would reasonably be a girl than a person at this time, in contrast with simply over half in 1947, a Radio four Woman’s Hour ballot suggests.

The ballot to mark the programme’s 70th anniversary additionally suggests girls in 2016 are extra optimistic about marriage.

Simply over two in 5 (42%) mentioned that women and men gave up equal quantities of freedom in marriage.

Solely 1 / 4 of women and men who had taken half in a 1951 survey had felt that means.

Pollsters, who spoke to 1,004 girls of all ages, checked out their lives and altering attitudes, protecting marriage, cash, intercourse, household, work and look. Listed here are the outcomes:


Marriage

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At the moment’s girls usually tend to need to marry the identical particular person if that they had their time over once more, than girls within the 1940s.

Of the ladies surveyed, 87% mentioned they’d stick to their husbands. A Gallup ballot from 1949 of girls – and males – discovered 77% would select their spouses, if that they had their time over.

One in 10 girls would marry somebody completely different, in keeping with the Lady’s Hour ballot.


Work

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Girls of all ages usually tend to work now than in 1951 – 60% of girls are in employment at this time in contrast with 31% 65 years in the past.

Amongst older girls the distinction is much more marked – at this time 62% of 55 to 64-year-olds are working in contrast with 22% in 1951.

Requested why they selected to work, greater than half of girls aged between 18 and 64 mentioned the highest cause was self-respect, adopted by cash after which colleagues and the work atmosphere.

Older girls, aged 65 and over, have been extra more likely to think about the cash over different components, the ballot steered.


Cash

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A fifth of all the ladies surveyed mentioned cash points have been probably the most pressing downside dealing with them and their household, and this was most urgent amongst 25 to 34-year-olds (28%).


Seems

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Look mattered so much to 18 to 24-year-olds, who mentioned the unfavorable phrase they’d least more likely to be related to was fats (37%).

They mentioned this was worse than being referred to as “silly” and “boring”.

Throughout the entire girls polled, “silly” was the phrase they’d least prefer to be referred to as (42%).

Girls aged between 25 and 34 have been most definitely to have had beauty surgical procedure (10%), to contemplate it sooner or later (46%) and to say their private look mattered extra now than once they have been 21 (16%).


Intercourse lives

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Practically 1 / 4 (24%) of girls aged 25 to 34 claimed they have been “extraordinarily happy” within the bed room.

Older girls, within the 55 to 64 age group, have been the least more likely to be “extraordinarily happy” (16%) and the most definitely to be “extraordinarily unhappy” (9%).


Household

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On the query of whether or not to have youngsters, the ballot discovered girls who earned probably the most (£40,000-plus) have been twice (eight%) as probably because the lowest earners (beneath £20,000) to suppose having no youngsters was splendid.

Equally, no youngsters was extra of a desire amongst graduates (10%) than non-graduates (four%), and people in full-time employment (eight%) than part-timers (2%).

Greater than half (56%) of these polled felt that two youngsters was the proper household dimension.

A 1938 Gallup survey discovered 45% of girls agreed that two was splendid.


Worries

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The largest worriers have been the 25-34 age group, who have been the most definitely to fret “so much” about their well being and household and buddies’ well being (68%), having sufficient cash in outdated age (53%) and making ends meet (51%).

They have been least more likely to think about themselves happier than their moms at their age (27%, in comparison with 43% of these over 65).


  • The present’s presenters Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey will talk about the ballot outcomes with Nice British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain, historian Amanda Vickery, and others in a particular Lady’s Hour programme on Radio 4 at 10:00 BST on Monday