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Infographic: Men and women rate each other’s financial strengths


A survey from FleishmanHillard and Hearst Magazines asked men and women to rate each other’s financial strengths. And the genders didn’t always see eye to eye.

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Need an assertive negotiator? Get a man. Need to hold a difficult discussion? Get a woman.

When asked to rate their own gender and the opposite gender, men and women tend to agree on those points — and not many others, says a survey.

In “Women, Power and Money,” a July 2013 survey from FleishmanHillard and Hearst Magazines, researchers from Ipsos MediaCT asked men and women to rate each other’s abilities to perform a variety of financial and life skills. Turns out we have a lot of mutual respect: A majority of both genders say the sexes are equals in leading a team, for example. But there were sharp differences, and both genders rated themselves a bit stronger, and the other gender as weaker.

The survey also uncovered a major disparity when it came to determining who is most responsible for household financial decisions. While 66 percent of women said they are on equal footing with their partners, only 43 percent of men said the same. Meanwhile, more than half of the men said they were primarily responsible for household finances.

This is the fifth iteration of the survey since 2008 and incorporates online interviews with U.S. adults — 1,008 women and 503 men. The chart below shows how men and women rated their own — and the other gender’s — abilities.

Men and women rate each other's financial strengths
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