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How do people feel about women in power?

Michelle Harrison

CEO Kantar Public

Politics 27.11.2018 / 16:00

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Launch of the Reykjavik Index for Leadership: a powerful new measure of perceptions of equality for women and men in leadership

The Reykjavik Index for Leadership measures how people feel about women in power. It measures the perceived legitimacy of male and female leadership in politics and across twenty professions, as well as a measure of how men and women differ in their views, and the extent to which men and women are viewed equally in terms of suitability of individuals for positions of power. 

The Index evaluates the G7 group of nations, surveying the attitudes of more than 10,000 people in those areas. 

The average Reykjavik Index for Leadership score for the G7 in launch year is 66, with the findings showing two groupings of countries: the UK, France, Canada and USA with ‘higher’ indices and a group of three that are a step change below: Japan, Germany and Italy.

Country

Index Score

G7 Average

66

UK

72

France

71

Canada

71

USA

70

Japan

61

Germany

59

Italy

57

Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President and Founder of Women Political Leaders said: “It is our goal to reach Index scores of 100 – an indication that there is complete agreement that men and women are equally suited to leadership across the economy, and a tangible sign of progress towards equality at work, at home and in society. We believe the Reykjavik Index for Leadership will support the endeavours to get there.”

As well as measuring the perceived legitimacy of women or men in positions of leadership in politics and professions, it also provides a measure of how women and men differ in their views. Across the G7, the Reykjavik Index for Leadership is higher for women (67) than it is for men (61). This means that across the G7, women are more likely than men to view women and men as equally suitable for leadership. This is true also in every G7 nation.

The Index evaluates the G7 group of nations and 20 different industries and public professions, surveying the attitudes of more than 10,000 people.

The Index and the findings are being presented during the Women Leaders Global Forum, held in Reykjavik 26- 28 November, 2018. 

The Women Leaders Global Forum is co-hosted by WPL and the Government and Parliament of Iceland. WPL is the global network of female politicians, with a mission to increase both the number, and the influence, of women in political leadership positions. Their members are in political office – Presidents, Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliaments and Mayors. 

Read the full press release and download the full report here.

Source : Kantar Public

Editor's Notes

About WPL

Women Political Leaders (WPL) is the global network of female politicians. The mission of WPL is to increase both the number and the influence of women in political leadership positions. WPL members are women in political office – Presidents, Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliaments, Mayors. Membership is free and members are honoured by their participation. WPL strives in all its activities to demonstrate the impact of more women in political leadership, for the global better. https://www.womenpoliticalleaders.org/about/

About Women Leaders Global Forum

Women Leaders Global Forum is co-hosted by WPL and the Government and Parliament of Iceland. The inaugural Forum will be held in Reykjavik, 26-26 November 2018. The Forum’s mission is to provide a platform where women leaders discuss and share ideas and solutions on how to further advance society, increase gender equality and promote and positively develop the number of women in leadership positions. The event will feature keynote speakers, all internationally recognised for their contribution to advancing society and there will be 400 invitation-only delegates from over 100 countries. For further information, please visit: https://womenleaders.global/

About Kantar

Kantar is one of the world’s leading data, insight and consultancy companies. Working together across the whole spectrum of research and consulting disciplines, its specialist brands, employing 30,000 people, provide inspirational insights and business strategies for corporations and governments in 100 countries. Kantar is part of WPP and its services are employed by over half of the Fortune Top 500 companies. For further information, please visit us at www.kantar.com.

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