Males and females beliefs about sexism and gender inequality

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Danilevicius, Natalia Kishida
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Sexism and gender inequality can lead to negative consequences to one’s life such as poor well-being and high levels of depression. Research has shown that there is still a gender gap even after women conquering more rights in recent years. This study aims to explore through qualitative research, men and women’s beliefs about gender inequality. Four Irish young students (2 males and 2 females) participated in individual interviews which included questions about their own experiences of gender inequality, their beliefs regarding the need of feminist identification and the importance of modern societal movements. A thematic analysis resulted in six themes: Feminist Label and Identity; Early Experiences; Movements Aimed to Reduce Gender Inequality; Sexual Violence; Gender Roles and Expectations; Society and Culture. It is concluded that gender inequality is a complex issue that is shown from early ages and interventions need to look at all of its levels and how they interact with each other.