According to a recent survey one in 10 Brits have no idea what they’re talking about.

Yes, one in 10 UK residents (nine per cent to be exact) think that feminism is ‘irrelevant.’ The survey, conducted by women’s equality charity The Fawcett Society, also found that only a small portion of the population – seven per cent – identifies as feminist.

Another question posed was what comes to mind when they think of feminism. One in four thought of negative responses like ‘overbearing,’ while one in five thought of positive meanings like ‘strength.’

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It gets worse. A sub-survey comprised of over 1400 people who are responsible for recruitment and interviewing – “an important sub-set of middle-managers who hold the keys to career progression” had even more conservative answers, according to Survation, the market research agency that conducted the survey.

The sub-group’s answers were more traditionalist than the full sample’s responses. When compared to the national average, twice as many of the decision making middle-managers do not want equality of opportunity. Only half of respondents think more should be done for the genders to be equal compared to 62 per cent of the total population.

In other words, those in positions of power seem to be happy with the status quo.

On the flip side, the majority of the British population – 83 per cent – supports equality of opportunity for women and almost half think that if society was more equal that they would benefit from it.

It’s not all bad news, but it shows that those in power are still holding on to conservative ideas about gender and feminism.

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