Half of German women unhappy with inequality

Over half of German women are unhappy with the level of gender equality in their country, a survey released on Tuesday revealed.

Half of German women unhappy with inequality
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Fifty four percent of women asked by research group the Allensbach Institute said they felt that there “was still work to be done” when it came to equality between men and women in Germany – particularly over pay, careers and housework.

When it came to equality in education and relationships, those interviewed were a little more positive – 55 percent said they were content with the balance between men and women in these areas.

Feminist and editor of Emma magazine Alice Schwarzer said the fact that over half of women felt that there was a lack of equality between the sexes “shows that women feel neglected.”

Unhappiness with gender equality was strongest for those aged under 30 and the 45-59-year-old age bracket, Allenbach chief Renate Köcher said.

And despite most of the women polled saying they felt their needs were being addressed through the country’s political system, only one in three said they were happy with Germany’s first female chancellor, Angela Merkel.

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DPA/The Local/jcw

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