Children Don’t Think Women Can Be Footballers, Study Reveals

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A study has revealed that children don’t think women can be builders, footballers or lorry drivers.

Commissioned by Boat Rocker Rights and BBC Children’s In House Productions to launch the new children’s television show Bitz & Bobz, researchers from OnePoll surveyed 1,000 schoolchildren aged between four and eight.

Asking the children for their views on different careers, the team discovered that the majority of them had already formed an opinion on what jobs were available to different genders.

When researchers asked the kids which jobs are for boys, 40 per cent of the children polled said doctors with 44 per cent saying being an engineer is a career for men.

Over half surveyed reckoned all farmers are male and it is a similar story for job roles such as mechanics, electricians, and plumbers.

Meanwhile 71 per cent think being a beautician is a woman’s job and more than six in 10 are of the same opinion for nurses.

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The kids also believed jobs for women included being a hairdresser, a musician, shop worker, bank worker and vet.

Vanessa Amberleigh, BBC Children’s In-House Executive Producer for Bitz & Bob said:

The research shows children form opinions on the job roles available to them at a very young age, with many of their views aligning to gender stereotypes.

The study also discovered that children think men are better than women at maths, science and sports.

You can watch the kids be interviewed here:

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By comparison, the kids believe women are stronger when it comes to drawing, listening to other people, making things and being creative.

Here are the top 10 jobs men can do according to the children surveyed:

1. Builder
2. Footballer
3. Lorry driver
4. Firefighter
5. Aerospace Engineer (someone who makes airplanes)
6. Farmer
7. Mechanic
8. Plumber
9. Electrician
10. Refuse collector/ person who collects the bins

And here is the list for women:

1. Beautician
2. Hairdresser
3. Nurse
4. Shop worker
5. Airline steward
6. Vet
7. Doctor
8. Musician
9. Bank worker
10. Zookeeper