And one in seven (14 percent) went so far as to say they don’t think a woman can work as a trader because “it’s a job for men”, “they aren’t strong enough” or “it’s too dirty”.
But it also saw that only 13 percent of elementary school girls chose “trading roles” when asked what they wanted to be when they were older.
In comparison, 43 percent of their male counterparts chose those roles when they were asked the same question.
The research was commissioned by Local Heroes, who have co-published a new children’s book with children’s author Ros Asquith, “My mom the handymanto encourage more young girls to consider a future career in trade.
Susan Wells, head of Local Heroes, said: “While we are seeing more and more women working as merchants, it is still widely regarded as men’s work.
“These stereotypes start at such a young age, and that’s something we want to change.
“Our latest research shows that elementary school girls don’t consider that they might want to become a trader, compared to their male counterparts.
“I’m a mother to both a son and a daughter – I want my daughter to grow up knowing she can be anything she wants, and that there should be no limits to her dreams just because she’s a girl. “
The survey also found that if asked to draw a picture of a builder, only seven percent would draw a woman.
Less than half of children believe that women can take on the role of electrician (48 percent), plumber (47 percent) or builder (44 percent).
But this adds up to 82 percent of kids who think men can do these trade jobs.
Despite the number of children who view dealer roles as a “job for men,” 44 percent believe their mothers know as much as their fathers when it comes to DIYs.
The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found that school subjects are still seen only for boys or girls, with one-fifth viewing math as a “boys” subject, while 28 percent consider science and IT as male-centric.
On the other hand, languages (25 percent), music (31 percent) and English (20 percent) were seen as specific to girls.
Susan Wells added: “We hope “My Mum The Handyman” will help young girls see what an exciting and diverse role as trader could be, and inspire a new generation of female traders.”
Children’s author and illustrator of “My Mum The Handyman”, Ros Asquith, said, “There are so many young people who don’t consider roles just because they don’t think it’s something they can do, or it’s not for them. because they haven’t seen anyone “like them” do it.
“I want to change that, and that starts with the next generation – young children.”