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    The lack of gender balance in positions of power remains untackled

The lack of gender balance in positions of power remains untackled

Women continue to be under-represented in political positions of power, as well as in the upper echelons of the public sector more generally and in the media. Is this situation going to improve following the 2015 general election? Not likely, finds Nan Sloane. In this article she presents the findings of a report into gender equality in Britain and argues […]

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    It is the state’s duty to make sure that individuals have a choice where liberal and illiberal values clash

It is the state’s duty to make sure that individuals have a choice where liberal and illiberal values clash

Should liberal communities accommodate communities that praise ‘illiberal’ values? After all, a state-driven imposition of a single set of values in the name of liberalism is, if nothing else, a clearly contradictory interpretation of liberalism. Forcing people to be free is just as bad as forcing them to be unfree, argues Paula Zoido-Oses.

Last week notices appeared in Stamford Hill indicating – […]

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    Elitist Britain: We need a better understanding of the routes through which those from more advantaged backgrounds access top careers

Elitist Britain: We need a better understanding of the routes through which those from more advantaged backgrounds access top careers

A new report by the Social Mobility and Child Povery Commission finds that elitism is deeply embedded in Britain. Lindsey Macmillan looks at the report and discusses her own research which explores the role of networks in perpetuating elitism and how we can help in widening access to elite professions. Unfortunately, a common problem in this field is a lack of data quality and availability. 

Some people feel Britain […]

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    Rape and other acts of gendered violence should be included within hate crime legislation

Rape and other acts of gendered violence should be included within hate crime legislation

In many ways, the emotional experiences of survivors of rape are similar to those who experience hate crime victimisation. An important question to ask, therefore, is whether the inclusion of gender within hate crime law will help to ‘erode’ the patriarchal environment which supports the acceptance of gendered violence and the culture of blame attached to its victims. Mark Walters argues […]

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    Field experiments are a compelling way to test for gender discrimination in the labour market

Field experiments are a compelling way to test for gender discrimination in the labour market

Can differences in men and women’s pay and employment opportunities be explained by discrimination or by differences in their preferences or productivity? Ghazala Azmat and Barbara Petrongolo explore what has been learned from economic experiments about the continued prevalence of gender gaps in the labour market. 

Women have made major inroads in labour markets throughout the past century. As a result, there has been […]

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    The nearly forgotten 40 year-old BBC mini-series, ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ reminds us why the struggle for gender equality still matters

The nearly forgotten 40 year-old BBC mini-series, ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ reminds us why the struggle for gender equality still matters

A new movie documenting the struggle for women’s emancipation is a rarity; the suffragette movement is hardly ever dramatized for television. Shoulder to Shoulder, a BBC mini-series which is celebrating its fortieth anniversary, is the last time a story about the historic political struggle aired on TV. But why is the series buried in the BBC archive? Janet McCabe and Vicky Ball write […]

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    The advent of same-sex marriages means that civil partnerships have fallen victim to their own success

The advent of same-sex marriages means that civil partnerships have fallen victim to their own success

Civil partnerships, first introduced in the UK in 2005, allowed same-sex couples legal and social recognition and have been a resounding success, with over 60,000 couples formed. So why would same-sex couples want access to marriage instead? For some, civil partnerships are inadequate because they represent a stigmatised status. At the same time, same-sex couples, who can choose between […]

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    Perceptions of social mobility in Britain are characterised by a strange paradox

Perceptions of social mobility in Britain are characterised by a strange paradox

How meritocratic do Britons think their country is? The question of perceptions has been relatively understudied but is nonetheless important. Declan Gaffney and Ben Baumberg find that while people overwhelmingly agree that children from richer families have more opportunities, they also believe that family wealth is a relatively minor factor in determining outcomes. Factors like hard work and ambition are […]

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