The charity Chwarae Teg says more needs to be done to support young women in their careers.
According to its research, 67% of young women see barriers to achieving their career goals, and this figure increases with age.
The report investigated the aspirations, ambitions and concerns that young women aged 16-25 have for the future, and asks what change they want to see in the next 25 years. It found that while women in Wales are prioritising their careers and have high ambitions, they don’t know how they’ll get there and think that they’ll face barriers to achieving their goals.
A number of the barriers raised were around financial concerns and the cost of further qualifications, the impact starting a family could have on their career, and the lack of work experience and adequate advice to support them on the right career path.
Worryingly, the charity says, gender stereotypes are still prevalent and 87% of respondents said that gender stereotyping affects women’s careers. Young women are still favouring traditionally female-dominated roles and sectors despite seeing the need for women in STEM; and issues of sexism, racism and discrimination on the basis of disability are a feature of young women’s lives.