Nearly half of women face gender discrimination almost every day, according to new research

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A new survey from OnePoll on behalf of Vitamin Angels found that half of women surveyed find that they face gender discrimination nearly every day. (Photo by Christina @ on Unsplash)

Sixty-three percent of Americans believe there will always be gender discrimination in the U.S., according to new research.

The study asked 2,000 Americans about their opinions on gender inequality and found half of the 1,000 women surveyed reported facing gender discrimination nearly every day.

Of the 1,000 men surveyed, 72% agreed that women still face gender discrimination nearly every day.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Vitamin Angels ahead of International Women’s Day, the survey found 59% of women polled felt they would have a more difficult time in a job interview if they were pregnant.

And 65% of all respondents agree that women are questioned more in-depth than men in job interviews.

The survey also asked those who were parents if they ever experienced a moment of “parent-shaming” and found nearly half reported having been on the receiving end of this discrimination.

Forty-four percent of moms surveyed reported a stranger has been rude to them when breastfeeding in public.

Another four in 10 moms have received dirty looks when they enter a restaurant with their child.

For dads surveyed, 54% said they’ve experienced a stranger being rude to them when they had to change their child’s diaper in public because the restroom did not have a changing table.

Besides these feelings of discrimination, 69% of women feel more empowered today than ever before.

The top feelings of empowerment included finding your passion in life (49%), becoming a parent (48%) and feeling confident in yourself (44%).

Finding empowerment may be as easy as eating healthier and getting some exercise in, as eight in 10 women also shared they feel more empowered when they feel healthy.

“Healthy women are empowered women, and the cornerstone to thriving societies,” said Howard Schiffer, Vitamin Angels Founder & President. “Yet, maternal and women’s health remains a global public health problem. In order to help close the gender inequality gap, we must prioritize women’s health.”

Respondents also shared where they receive their empowerment from, and 60% said their mother was their top inspiration.

Seven in 10 women surveyed also shared uplifting fellow women is a top priority for them.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents agreed that women’s empowerment is a critical aspect to achieving gender equality.

“By giving the gift of nutrition to millions of women around the world, we’ve seen first-hand the amazing way in which health empowers women to stand up for what they believe in and reach their full potential as human beings,” said Schiffer. “The generational impact healthy, empowered women have on their children and their communities is astounding — this holds true here in the U.S. and around the globe.”


1. Mother 60%

2. Teacher 44%

3. Grandmother 28%

4. Aunt 30%

5. Sister 28%


1. Finding your passion in life 47%

2. Becoming a parent 47%

3. Feeling confident in yourself 44%

4. Inspiring others 43%

5. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle 43%

6. Finding someone you can share your life with 39%

7. Taking care of your mental health 38%

8. Getting a promotion 36%

9. Learning acceptance and patience 36%

10. Becoming a grandparent 34%

11. Giving back to your community 33%

12. Experiencing new cultures 31%

13. Becoming a godparent/guardian 30%

14. Traveling to new places 30%

15. Becoming an aunt/uncle 28%


1. A stranger was rude to me while I was trying to calm down my child while they were having a tantrum 51%

2. A stranger was rude when I had to change my child’s diaper in public, because I did not have access to a restroom 49%

3. A stranger made a rude comment to me regarding my child 47%

4. A stranger was rude to me when bottle feeding my child in public 44%

5. A stranger was rude to me when breastfeeding in public 44%

6. I received passive-aggressive advice from a relative 44%

7. I received unsolicited advice from a stranger 44%

8. A stranger gave dirty looks in a restaurant when I brought my child 41%

9. I received rude comments regarding how I dress my child 36%

10. I received rude comments regarding what I feed my child 35%

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