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Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm

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[Original Press Release in DjVu format here http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/monthly_articles/women_pessimistic20041007.djvu]

(Geneva, Switzerland, 7 October 2004) Despite huge strides in recent decades towards full equality for women, it is still true that most governments and much of the global infrastructure are run by men. Assessing this global environment, women see the world as less secure and less prosperous than do men. They also see little cause for optimism about the future.

Women are more pessimistic than men about the current state of security and prosperity in the world. More than 43,000 citizens in 50+ countries across the globe were interviewed in the survey. This means the views of almost 1.2 billion citizens (more than 575 million women and 540 million men) are represented.

Now compared to 10 years ago

Asked whether their country is safer or less safe than 10 years ago, both sexes respond negatively but six out of ten women (61%) are likely to say that the country is less safe now compared with only just over half of all men (53%) who share this negative view.

Generally speaking, do you think that in comparison with 10 years ago this country is safer or less safe than it was 10 years ago or is it the same?

The graph is here.


This pattern is again found when people were asked whether the country was more or less economically prosperous than 10 years ago. More than half of the 575 million women represented in the survey (52%) consider their country to be less economically prosperous now than 10 years ago. For men, the corresponding figure is just under half (48%).

And overall, do you think this country is more economically prosperous, less economically prosperous today than 10 years ago or is it the same?

The graph is here.


Looking at an assessment of the current family (i.e. personal) economic situation compared to 10 years ago, again women are more likely to rate this as less prosperous with almost 4 out of 10 claiming this is so (38%), whilst the same proportion of men (39%) claim they and their families are more prosperous than 10 years ago.

Thinking about you and your family, do you think you are more economically prosperous, less economically prosperous today than 10 years ago or is it the same?

The graph is here.


The future

When considering the future, again women tend to be more pessimistic than men: with the majority of women (51%) claiming the next generation will live in a less safe world. Amongst men, less than half (46%) think this is likely.

Do you think the next generation will live in a safer or less safe world or will it be the same as now?

The graph is here.


Women are also slightly more likely than men to feel that the next generation will live in a less prosperous world than we do currently, although the differences between the sexes are minimised on this dimension.

And do you think the next generation will be more economically prosperous, less economically prosperous or the same as now?

The graph is here.


The Survey

Gallup International's unique annual survey Voice of the People http://www.voice-of-the-people.net/ interviews citizens in 50+ countries around the world, with almost 50,000 interviews representing the views and attitudes of more than 1 billion global citizens. This analysis of results from 2003 was conducted exclusively for the World Economic Forum http://www.weforum.org/.

- "Women Pessimistic About the State of the World," Gallup International Association http://www.gallup-international.com/, October 7, 2004 http://www.weforum.org/site/homepublic.nsf/Content/Surveys%5CWomen+Pessimistic+About+the+State+of+the+World

The Gallup International Association www.gallup-international.com, now registered in Zurich, was established in 1947 by George H. Gallup and his European colleagues. It now has member agencies in 60 countries across the world, conducting market and opinion research in more than 100 countries.

The World Economic Forum is the foremost global community of business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society committed to improving the state of the world.

Incorporated as a foundation, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. The Forum has NGO consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. (http://www.weforum.org)