Gender stereotypes before and after the start of the full-scale Russian invasion. Quantitative and qualitative research of cis- and transgender youth in Ukraine

Young women share gender stereotypes to a lesser extent than men. This also applies to those prejudices that are often perceived as women’s “privileges” in society.

These are the results of the study “Gender stereotypes and roles through the eyes of young people: before and after the start of full-scale Russian aggression”, conducted by the research agency Info Sapiens on behalf of the public organization “Insight”.

The research includes in-depth interviews of cis- and transgender people, as well as a nationally representative survey of 1,008 respondents from all regions under the control of the government of Ukraine, using a method of randomly selecting mobile phone numbers.

For example, 58% of young women (15-25 years old) agree with the fact that “if men are subject to mandatory conscription, then women should also be subject to it”, while among young men, 30% support universal conscription for both men and women.

Only 19% of young women believe that a man should fully support his family, while among men of the same age group, the number is 24%. 

The survey did not record a strengthening of gender stereotypes, at least at the declarative level, the researchers say.

On the contrary, compared to 2018, the beliefs that none of the spouses should be subordinate to each other, that the husband does not have to be the head of the family and provide for it completely, and that it is normal for a wife to be more successful or earn more than her husband have significantly increased.