About 80 years ago, just one-third of Americans said they would vote for a well-qualified female presidential candidate. About 70 years ago, fewer than half of Americans approved of seeing more women as governors, senators, doctors or lawyers. And about 40 years ago, the public was split over whether men were “better suited emotionally” for politics compared to women.
Today, 92 percent of Americans say they’d support a female nominee from their party, and more than 80 percent that it’s important for women to be represented in politics.
Few would say gender discrimination is no longer a problem ― three-quarters of the public believes women still face at least some discrimination, and nearly half that women don’t have equal job opportunities in the country.
But a look back at past surveys shows just how much life has changed for American women in the last few decades.