Fairness and Equality

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    Modern slavery? The UK visa system and the exploitation of migrant domestic workers

Modern slavery? The UK visa system and the exploitation of migrant domestic workers

It might be hard to believe that a domestic worker – or anyone – is currently forced to sleep on a bathroom floor or is locked up in a house. Yet such experiences are very real for those who come to the UK on an overseas domestic worker visa, writes Virginia Mantouvalou. She explains how the current system – […]

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    White academia: will the Race Equality Charter make a difference?

White academia: will the Race Equality Charter make a difference?

There are some hard numbers behind diversity in academia. There are currently only 70 black professors in the UK; of these, only 17 of are female. As part of ongoing efforts to address these disappointing numbers, the Race Equality Charter mark was recently introduced by the Equality Challenge Unit. But will it make academia more diverse? Kalwant Bhopal explains how the process […]

The nonreligious are Britain’s hidden majority

Filling out all sorts of forms often and increasingly includes the disclosure of faith, under which the option ‘none’ frequently appears. Yet it is unclear how homogenous the beliefs of those who comprise the category are, while the term ‘nonreligious’ is often equated with established atheist views. Lois Lee explains that this lack of understanding means we not only […]

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    Under-represented, underpaid, and over-exploited: economic policy remains sexist

Under-represented, underpaid, and over-exploited: economic policy remains sexist

Gender inequality exists in the UK, despite half a century’s worth of efforts to the contrary, argues Diane Perrons, co-director of the LSE’s Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power. She writes that the gender pay gap has declined, but men continue to be over-represented among full-time workers and in high-paid jobs, while women are at a greater risk of […]

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    “No one is worth 3,000 times another person”: a more equal world is possible through kindness

“No one is worth 3,000 times another person”: a more equal world is possible through kindness

Unless you are a woman, a child living in poverty, unemployed, homeless, disabled, on welfare, a single parent, have mental health issues, or are someone who cares about your fellow citizens, then 2015 was a great year. Drawing on multiple sources of evidence, Danny Dorling dissects the reasons why the UK is set to become the most unequal of […]

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    Merit vs Equality? The argument that gender quotas violate meritocracy is based on fallacies

Merit vs Equality? The argument that gender quotas violate meritocracy is based on fallacies

The case against gender quotas often involves the argument of merit. The logic is that we should recruit on the basis of merit, not gender; quotas recruit on the basis of gender and so are by definition unmeritocratic. This is a myth used to justify the privilege-based status quo, argues Rainbow Murray. By focusing on political recruitment, she explains […]

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    Tackling gender inequality: Four forces that are holding women back

Tackling gender inequality: Four forces that are holding women back

The LSE’s Gender, Inequality and Power Commission has recently published its report on gender based inequality in the areas of politics, economy, law, and media/culture. Nicola Lacey, co-director of the Commission, outlines how inequalities cut across these social spheres through four key themes: power, rights, work-life balance, and violence.

It’s been almost a century since the full admission of women to […]

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    The debate on social mobility is stuck: time for a city perspective

The debate on social mobility is stuck: time for a city perspective

There is a gap in our understanding of social mobility, writes Gavin Kelly, and explains this is because we don’t know how the distribution of opportunity varies across UK cities. Yet such regional understanding could hold the key to a more informed national conversation.
Social mobility plays a curious and sometimes tortuous role in our national political psyche. We love […]

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