More women in Ireland disagree, rather than agree, with the statement "Ireland has a fair society." As part of our on-going State of the Nation research, we surveyed 515 Irish women about a number of beliefs they hold about Ireland.
Marking International Women's Day, we can reveal that as many as 43% of women do not believe Ireland has a fair society. Key concerns for women in Ireland include the health system, affordable housing, childcare and caring for the elderly.
Better than our parents
The majority of women (53%) believe they "are better off than the generation before me." This important measurement illustrates how women acknowledge social and economic progress since their parent's generation. This perception of progress can explain how half those surveyed agree with "I feel I have the same opportunity in life as everyone else" despite the high level of people acknowledging unfairness.
It is important to point out that 20-25% of women believe they are not better off and do not feel they have the same opportunities as everyone else. This substantial group of women feel disenfranchised and are more likely to be separated, single parents and not working out of the home.
As we approach St. Patrick's Day celebrations, the above attitudes convert into a relatively strong national pride. 55% of women agree "I am proud of Ireland today," with 18% disagreeing with this statement. However, this pride doesn't translate into absolute confidence of the Irish economy. There is a larger proportion of women who are uncertain (38%) about the strength of the economy with only 29% agreeing with the statement "Ireland has a strong economy"