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Summary: Gender and Culture

Gender and Culture


  • Women tended to report slightly higher levels of attendance to cultural events or places than men in 2016. The most common place to visit for both men and women was the cinema, where more than half had been in the last year. The largest differences were in visits to the theatre, libraries and dance events, where attendance rates for men were much lower.


  • Participation in cultural activities were also higher in women than men, and the difference between them was higher than for attendance rates. The 2016 results show that 85% of women said they had participated in some cultural activity in the last year, compared with 73% of men.

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Culture and Heritage (Last updated: September 2017)


Useful Links

Gender Page

Culture Page

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes.

National Indicator number 39: Widen use of the internet, data table

National Indicator number 41: Increase cultural engagement, data table

- progress against these National Indicators, broken down by Gender, can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Scottish Household Survey 2016 (September 2017) This report presents reliable and up-to-date information on the composition, characteristics and behaviour of Scottish households, both nationally and at a sub-national level. This includes analysis of age, deprivation, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation


People, Culture and Heritage in Scotland (January 2015) A more detailed of the culture data from the 2013 Scottish Household Survey. Covers cultural attendance and participation by age, deprivation, disability, ethnicity, gender, and religion

Cultural Consumption in Scotland (February 2011) Further analysis of the Scottish Household Survey, exploring different 'types' of cultural consumers and the influences on such consumption. Findings are broken down by age, deprivation and gender.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Gender Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to gender



Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish Household Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

UK Data Archive - Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by gender


External Links

External Links

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External Publications and Outputs

Taking Part focus on: social media (DCMS, April 2016) A Department for Culture, Media and Sport report looking at people in England who use social media and their demographic characteristics. Includes data by age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability.






Culture Analysis

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