skip to main content

Gallup-International Labour Organization Report: Towards a Better Future for Women and Work: Voices of Women and Men

Learn first-ever insights on what nearly 149,000 adults in 142 countries and territories think about women and work. This major endeavor from Gallup and ILO examines global attitudes on the issues women face regarding work, with the goal of providing women with productive and decent work.

Gallup and the International Labour Organization surveyed the world's women and men to better understand their perceptions about women and work.

Universally, the study found that the top challenge that men and women identify for working women is maintaining the balance between work and family. But this is not the only challenge these women face -- and struggles aren't the same everywhere. Women in developed economies, for example, also frequently mention unequal pay, while women in developing economies are more likely to cite unfair treatment and abuse in the workplace.

Discover the previously unheard thoughts and feelings of both men and women on issues of women and work in an effort to strengthen workplaces, governments and communities worldwide. The conversation for developing solutions begins here.


of women not in the workforce would like to work at paid jobs


of women would like to be able to work and care for their families


of all women,


of men would prefer that women work at paid jobs

While findings show that gender equality has not been achieved in many regions of the world, it also appears that women and men are not always as far apart in their attitudes as conventional wisdom would suggest.

Gallup-ILO Report: Towards a Better Future for Women and Work: Voices of Women and Men highlights successes and shares challenges that women face regarding work in every region of the world. The survey results provide a blueprint for the work that lies ahead for leaders worldwide, with the goal of bringing more equality to the world of work.

About the Gallup World Poll

Download this report to learn:

  • What do working women want?
  • What is helping them reach their goals or prevents them from success?
  • What are the opportunities for further development that are essential to achieving gender equality and nondiscrimination?
  • Who is the unexpected source of support in women's quest for productive employment?
  • How do men and women feel about whether it is acceptable for women in their families to have paid jobs outside their home?
  • What are the top challenges that working women face?
  • How do women and men view the equality of opportunities in the job market?

Download the Full Report

To receive an email with a link to download this report, please complete the form. Someone from Gallup may also contact you via email about your interest in this topic.


By clicking the button below, you consent to having your information processed, transferred, and possibly stored on servers that reside in the United States.