65% of kids think law is a man’s job

Two-thirds of children see being a lawyer as a man’s job, a new study says.

Recruitment company PageGroup asked more than 100 children aged between 7 and 11 to draw a nurse, builder, banker, lawyer and what they wanted to be when they grow up.

Lawyer was in fact the most gender-balanced profession, with 65 per cent drawing a man.

Some 81 per cent of children drew nurses as female, 88 per cent drew builders as male and 80 per cent of children drew bankers as male.

However, the results of the study are a contrast to the reality, as around two-thirds of students coming out of law school are now female.

Child psychologist Dr. Richard Woolfson said: “The psychological danger of stereotypes like this during childhood is that children’s future career ambitions and employment aspirations can be unnecessarily limited by their own rigid job-gender perceptions and expectations, irrespective of their actual ability, and that children might fail to even consider job possibilities associated with the opposite gender.”

A lawyer, as drawn by one of the children in the study
A lawyer, as drawn by one of the children in the study