How happy are you most of the time?
Girls are generally very happy (33%) or quite
happy (56%) and appear to be happier than boys. Girls are happiest
when they are young – more than nine out of ten of the youngest
girls (aged 7 to 10) respond positively to this question, including
49% who say they are very happy. As they approach secondary school,
around half as many girls consider themselves very happy (29%), and
just one in five feel this way when they reach 16+
Feeling in control
Most girls feel in control of their lives
(69%) and this confidence increases with age. In addition a
majority of girls feel that the UK is a fair place to be a woman
(74%). Those who don’t feel that way say that this is because women
are not treated equally (41%) and because men have more
For which areas of your life do you most need role models?
Girls feel they most need role models in
fields such as education (62%), careers (59%) and relationships
(50%), followed closely by healthy living (49%).