The European Union’s idea of gender equality and its support among citizens of 27 European countries

Jürgen Gerhards, Sylvia Kämpfer & Mike S. Schäfer

Berliner Studien zur Soziologie Europas Nr. 10 | Januar 2008 | Download als PDF

Abstract

This article first describes the European Union’s idea of gender equality and its im-plementation into European policies. The second section analyses the extent to which citizens of different European countries support the idea of gender equality. The em-pirical basis for our analysis is the “Eurobarometer 63.1” from 2005. The descriptive findings show that while a majority of European citizens support the idea of gender equality, there are substantial differences between individual countries. In the third section we explain these differences by referring to the country’s level of moderniza-tion and degree of politically institutionalised gender equality, as well as the respon-dents’ religious orientation and level of education, among other factors.

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