In 2017, Plan International surveyed more than 2000 Australian girls and young women aged 10-25-years old about their aspirations for the future.
She Can Lead: Young people in Australia share their views on politics report showed more than half of young women (56%) thought female politicians were treated unfairly by their male colleagues. One in three young men surveyed also agreed this was the case.
The data shows only 2% of girls aged 10-14 listed politics as a future career option, rising to 5% for girls 15-17 and then dropping to 0% of young women aged 18-25.
The She Can Lead report was handed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, along with the Leader of The Australian Greens, Leader of the Xenophon team and Deputy Leader of the Labor party, in Canberra by a group of 17 young women who participated in Plan International’s Parliamentary Takeover program in 2017.