It may come as a surprise to those who feel they’ve hit the glass ceilingor heard one too manyblonde jokes.
Most women do not believe that Britain is a sexistplace, a poll has revealed.
Fewer than four in ten say they have experienced derogatoryremarks or behaviour because of their gender.
And the majority of men and women think both sexes are equally capable of handling challenging and traditionally male tasks, such as making a safe emergency landing in an aeroplane.
The results of the survey, carried out for a group of charities and pressure groups, suggest that most women are far more concerned with solving day-to-day practical problems in their lives than fighting a battle for equality.
Nearly two-thirds of women say their biggest concern is balancing work and family life. Only one in 20 feels the greatest problem facing them is sexism at work – though three times as many men believe this is women’s major challenge.
Only one in five women describes herself as a feminist – and three out of four say they definitely would not use the label. The poll was carried out to mark today’s International Women’s Day.
It followed figures published to mark the same occasion by the Government’s Office for National Statistics, which showed that men and women now have an equal chance of making it to the top ranks of managers and officials in business and the public sector.