as a new ten-nation study has found that when it comes to political knowledge, women aren’t as informed as men.
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the study looked at Australia, Canada, Colombia, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, the U.K. and the U.S. It looked at how knowledgeable the countries’ populations were with respect to media systems and national political knowledge, and found that irrespective of gender equality in each nation, women knew less about politics than men.
“Our finding that the gap between men and women’s knowledge of politics is greater in Norway — a country ranked globally as one of the very highest in terms of gender equality — than in South Korea — a country with a much lower equality rating — is particularly striking,” James Curran, a research professor and director if the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre at the University of London, said in a press release.
The researchers surveyed men and women’s knowledge of domestic and international news, as well as current affairs in each country. They found that those populations that watched TV news, especially news provided by public broadcasting — rather than commercial — tended to be better informed. However, news watching, reading, and listening was shown more frequently, to be a male activity.